Hyderabad: The poultry (broiler) farmers in the state have decided to intensify their strike against low chick-rearing charges. The farmers are demanding that large poultry companies raise chick-rearing charges to at least 10 per kg live bird.
They said they will only accept and supply chicks from companies until their demand has been met. While some farmers have already stopped accepting the chicks supplied by the firms, many others have decided to stop rearing chicks unless the charges are increased. According to industry sources, if the strike continues, chicken prices could rise from the current price of 300/kg.
Vanga Kiran Reddy, president of the Siddipet Broiler Poultry Farmers Association, said,
“Since the last 30 years when integrated poultry farming was introduced in the state, prices were revised only once. Now the manpower costs and power costs are going up along with feed and we are incurring losses, even though chicken prices for consumers increase, the current price of 4.50 for rearing is very low.”
According to a farmer in Vikarabad, coal is used in the breeding process of chicks, but the availability of coal is less and prices have risen.
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