Order against caging of birds upsets poultry farmers in India

INDIA - 31 October 2018: Expressing concern over the recent interim order of the Supreme Court against the rearing of birds in cages, poultry farmers in the Namakkal district of the state of Tamil Nadu have said that this will affect the industry in a big way
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According to The Hindu, poultry industry leaders urged both the Centre and the State governments to file a review petition for the withdrawal of the interim order.

Namakkal is a major poultry centre of the country. The Namakkal zone of the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) accounts for about 1,100 poultry farmers who own more than 4.5 crore (45 million) egg laying birds.

The district alone has about 75 per cent of these farmers and more than 80 percent of the total number of the birds. With a production of 3.5 crore (35 million) eggs a day, the zone is second after the Hyderabad zone in egg production.

While the Supreme Court order was only for the new players in the poultry industry, president of the Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers’ Association A.K.P. Chinraj said farmers feared that the order would be extended to the existing poultry farms too.

It would also dissuade new entrepreneurs from entering the industry, he said.

"The Namakkal poultry industry was adopting international standards in the maintenance of cages as well as birds. The birds feel safe in the cages and can move freely. They are being kept in hygienic surroundings," he said.

The birds are kept in elevated cages and this protects them from infectious diseases. The Andhra Pradesh government has already approached the Supreme Court against the order. The Centre and the State Government should also file review petition, he said.

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