December 2, 2019


Serious drought causes 30% drop in Indonesian city's chicken egg production



Poultry production in East Java, Indonesia, has been hampered by an ongoing drought, leading to a drop in quality and quantity of chicken eggs over the past months.


National Breeders Association (PPRN) chairman Rofi Yasifun said that the severe drought due to climate change had caused a 30% decline in Blitar's chicken egg production. Chickens "eat more and drink less" due to "high temperature during this extended drought," while eggs "shrunk in size," Rofi said on November 26, on the sidelines of the launch of a chicken cage specially designed to withstand the effects of climate change.

The event was held by the USAID Climate Change Adaption and Resilience programme (USAID-APIK) and PT Cargill Indonesia, the local unit of the United States commodities giant, as part of the programme's Climate Field Adaptation project that aims to improve business resilience among chicken farmers in Blitar amid climate change.

Blitar makes up for 50% of East Java's chicken egg production, with 18 million chickens producing 155,802 tonnes of eggs last year. East Java contributes 30% to national egg production.

"The hot weather takes a toll on the health of chickens," Rofi added.

This was where the newly launched chicken cages came in, which had been designed so that chickens could develop a level of resistance to hot weather, said USAID-APIK chief of party Paul Jeffrey.

The special cages had proved superior to conventional cages, Jeffrey explained, as they were equipped with a feature that could lower the interior temperature through an air circulation system.

"Poultry farmers must learn to anticipate the effects of climate change, which will continue for at least another 20 years," he added.

Jeffrey said that climate change would extend the dry season while leading to a shorter but more intense wet season in Indonesia in the next 20 years. Chicken farmers should also be ready for natural disasters like landslides and floods that could potentially harm their livelihood, he said.

Blitar's poultry farmers have taken to the streets earlier this year to voice their concerns over the constantly fluctuating market price of chicken eggs.

- The Jakarta Post