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Punjab poultry farmers see big market players as threat to their industry

Poultry farmers of Punjab are up in arms against the State Government over the support being extended to big market players.

By Ravinder Singh Robin

Amritsar, May 16 : Poultry farmers of Punjab are up in arms against the State Government over the support being extended to big market players.

The Punjab poultry industry, which was ranked first in India in 1984, has dropped to the seventh due to what farmers' term as the anti-poultry attitude of the government.

Agitated poultry farmers claim that they experiencing huge losses due to natural calamities and with the presence of mega companies.

The local poultry association is afraid that the recently introduced 'Contract Poultry Farming' by the mega companies would damage poultry industry in Punjab irrevocably.

Punjab is the first state in the country to introduce contract farming at the government level. The main objective of this programme is to prepare farmers to cultivate quality and marketable produce based on the demand and supply chain.

Farmers blame big players like Suguna Farms, Japfa Feeds, Venky's and Godrej for the so-called Bird Flu declared in the country.

In a letter to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the Amritsar Poultry Industry Association has cried out for help, claiming that it feeds more than three lakh people directly or indirectly.

G S Bedi, a poultry farmer and president of the Amritsar Poultry Industry Association said: "These mega companies neither generating new employment nor putting any investment in Punjab. However, these companies are doing complicated agreements with the farmers and mortgaging the land of poultry farmers".

Almost all the clauses in the agreement are in favor of the companies, and not of the poultry farmers, Bedi adds.

Yogesh Sharma, General Secretary of the association said: "If we allow these companies in the state, then money earned at the cost of our investment, shall go out of Punjab and there will be no benefit to Punjab state".

"The Punjab poultry industry is producing enough chicken in the state. Around eight to nine crores of broilers are being produced in the state. Out of total production, near about 60 per cent production is being sold to Jammu and Kashmir," Jaspal Singh Dillon, another poultry farmer, said.

At present, there are about 3000 poultry farmers, 20 hatcheries, around 30 feed factories, around 300 feed dealers, 60 medicine shops, 1000 meat shops and 200 egg dealers.

Only one or two companies shall earn and all other working in poultry will loose their livelihood and dependent families shall starve.

The Punjab poultry industry of more than 4000 crores was doing a business of nearly 400 crores annually.

ANI

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