In a statement issued by the NECC, the farmers were incurring a loss of 75 paise per egg as the cost of production had increased to Rs 3.5 but the farm gate price remained at Rs 2.75. Similarly, production cost of a broiler chicken had risen to Rs 67 per kg while the farm gate price remained at Rs 57 per kg, thus incurring a loss of Rs 10 per kg.
“The rates of soya and maize, which are the main feed for chicken have been rising at a higher rate. While soya rates have increased from Rs 2800 in 2012 to Rs 4670 this month, the prices are expected to rise higher with low production of soya due to scanty rainfall this year,” NECC statement said.
With poultry farmers sustaining losses for two years, 20-30 per cent poultry farmers have closed down or suspended activities due to rise in feed costs and most of the farmers are on the verge of bankruptcy, the statement further read.
“As India is the second largest egg producer and third largest broiler producer in the world, the poultry sector contributes Rs 95000 crores to the country's Gross National Product (GNP). Therefore, the NECC has highlighted the above problems and appealed the government to extend dates for the payment of interests and loans of these farmers by a year,” the statement said.
The NECC has also requested the government to consider poultry sector as a part of the agriculture sector and provide the same incentives and concessions to the poultry farmers availed by the farmers of agriculture sector.