November 29, 2013


Bangladesh's poultry producers face huge losses due to political issues


Due to the political programmes in the country, poultry producers in Bangladesh are counting huge losses as they are unable to market their products on time, resulting to closure of many small farms.


Fuelled by transportation problem and violence across the country, at least 60% of poultry birds and eggs remained unsold a day. The sector insiders have demanded cold storage facilities so that they can store their unsold products in order to bring down their losses during shutdowns.


The poultry producers have urged the political parties to refrain from political programmes that harmed business activities in the country.


According to poultry farmers nearly 1.5 to 1.8 million chickens and 20 to 25 million eggs are supplied to the country's kitchen markets each day. Some 10 million day-old broiler chicks are delivered to farms each week.


The farmers said if they are unable to complete the day's supply, a significant amount of poultry items get stocked harming the quality of the growth of chickens.


As the consumption of poultry feed and related materials increase, production cost rises automatically. On the other hand they are forced to sell these at a cheaper rate after hartal.


Bangladesh Poultry Khamar Rakkha Jatiya Parishad (BPKRJP) general secretary Khandokar Mohammad Mohsin said their supply chain has broken down totally because of political chaos.
He said the strikers do not follow the rules and are vandalising all types of vehicles. So the farmers fail to supply their products on time and after hartal they are forced to sell it at cheaper rates.


In this situation he urged the government to set up cold storages on a regional basis where the farmers will be able to store additional poultry meat and eggs and supply those later according to market demand.


There are 60,824 poultry farms in the country, as per the data of the BPKRJP. Bird flu first broke out in the country in 2007 when more than a million chickens were culled and thousands of small farms were closed as the flu ravaged the industry for more than six months.

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