January 15, 2010


Bangladeshi group calls for ban on poultry imports



The poultry businessmen in Bangladesh have demanded for the cancellation of the government's decision to import eggs and chicks from India.


The leaders of the Bangladesh Poultry Industries Association (BPIA) said that by issuing permission to import one day-old chicks and eggs from India, the country's growing poultry industry might be affected seriously.


BPIA said that it was unfortunate that withdrawal of the restrictions on imports of both eggs and day-old chicks clashed with the efforts by the domestic poultry farmers to recover the losses they incurred due to bird flu effects.


Expressing the apprehension, the leaders of the poultry industry said that such imports might also heighten the risks of bird flu in view of an outbreak of the disease in India in recent months. ''The government should rather consider providing subsidy to farmers instead of allowing imports that may harm our growing industry,'' they demanded.


Answering the allegation of small poultry farmers about an increase in the price of day-old chicks and poultry feeds by big poultry farms and poultry feed producers taking advantage of the limited supply, the leaders of the association said that the price of day-old chicks would come down significantly in March when production was expected to reach its peak following recovery from bird flu and poultry feed producing industries could supply feed at lower cost if incentive and capital assistances would be provided for them by the government.

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