Poultry Sector Hit by Feed Ban

INDIA - The State poultry is being pushed to the jaws of death not because of the deadly bird flu virus, but because it is being denied its share of food.
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The State Government’s intensive move to bar the entry of the dreaded bird flu virus in the State has started costing the existing poultry in the State the diet. The State is facing acute shortage of poultry feed, imported from West Bengal and Bihar.

The State Government, on Monday, had made stringent its norms and has virtually imposed ban on the import of poultry feed to the State along with the birds.

“The menace of bird flu may not have yet hit the State till date but if the ban on the import of poultry feed remains, the existing poultry will die due to starvation,” said Rajib Sarmah, general secretary, All Assam Poultry Farmers’ Association while talking to The Assam Tribune here today.

“Though the demand of poultry feed in the entire North East India is not less 35,00, 000 kilograms per month, the State produces merely 10 per cent of it,” Sarmah pointed out.

At present, there are only two poultry feed producing factories in the State, which are situated in Tezpur and 9 Mile areas.

Source: TheAssamTribune
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