April 2, 2020
Feed shortage impairs India's poultry sector
The nationwide lockdown imposed in India amid COVID-19 outbreak has crippled the flow of feed from other states to Kerala, pushing the poultry industry into a crisis.
Shutdown of the factory at Aluva, which was converting poultry waste into useful products like fertiliser, is another challenge that the poultry industry is facing in the area of waste management.
According to the poultry industry leaders, the state requires a supply of about 400 tonnes of feed for broiler chicken per day. However, only 20% of this requirement is coming from other states now. The poultry farmers and traders council leaders Binny Emmatty and T S Pramod said about 40 lakh chickens are being sold in the state per week. The farmers in the state have been sourcing poultry feed from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Apart from the hurdles in the interstate movement of goods, the feed production units in the neighbouring states are also facing shortages of ingredients for production, said Binny. Vicechancellor of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) Dr M R Saseendranath said poultry feed units of the university at Mannuthy and Thiruvazhamkunnu have been trying to meet the feed requirements of the state.