February 21, 2007


Indian poultry farmers demand ban on maize, soy exports



Asserting that high feed costs are pushing several poultry farms deeply into the red, India's National Egg Coordination Committee on Friday demanded an immediate ban on maize and soy exports.


While the government has allowed duty free corn imports to alleviate the burden of high production costs for poultry farmers, exports are defeating the purpose of the zero duty, NECC chairman H C Juneja said.


Due to high corn prices, India's government decided to abolish customs duty on corn imports until the end of 2007.


As for increases in egg prices, Juneja said the demand for it was seasonal and the prices are already beginning to come down as winter was now ending.


He said while the farmers only get a price of around Rs 1.80 a egg, it is sold at around Rs 2.50 per egg in the retail market.


While asking the government to curb soy and corn exports, the NECC also urged the government not to impose any restrictions on egg exports as it was one of the few avenues where farmers can make a profit.


The NECC also sought export incentives such as freight subsidy or a special fund to revive the beleaguered poultry farms in the country.

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