Egg dealers demand ‘rate panel’ to save poultry industry
To save the poultry industry from the influence of hatcheries, the Hyderabad Egg Marketing Association demanded that the State government constitute...
Hyderabad: To save the poultry industry from the influence of hatcheries, the Hyderabad Egg Marketing Association demanded that the State government constitute ‘rate committee’ with representatives of farmers and dealers.
Speaking to media persons, MA Raoof Ghazi, president of the Association, said that the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) which was constituted in the 1982, for better cooperation between farmer and dealer no longer serves its purpose. He alleged that hatcheries, which flourished during the last two decades started influencing the pricing and penetrated the ranks of NECC as part of their lobbying tactics.
The NECC which should be deciding the price of the egg succumbed to the pressure of these hatcheries and affected the decision of egg pricing. “Both farmers and dealers like us are at the receiving end, hence the government should act swiftly to control the situation from going out of hand,” said Raoof.
The Association members felt that poultry farmers were under immense pressure to meet the artificial demand created by the market forces. When the actual demand in Telangana is about 1.5 crores per day, the farmers are made to meet 4 crores target so that the remaining eggs are exported to the States, they held.
Md Liyaqath, Secretary of Association demanded that since an agreement was reached out in 1982, between farmers and traders under the aegis of NECC, the government should ensure the industry is not affected by few players running hatcheries. He also demanded that the dealers should be entitled to 5 per cent commission on each egg.
“State government should take stock of the situation and restrict the hatcheries which influence price of eggs. The Department of Animal Husbandry should supervise the egg trade otherwise the poultry industry would be completely ruined,” he said. The farmers were already facing hardships and they would be subjected to irreparable loss if these forces continue to influence the market. The farmers were already burdened with debts and bank loans,” he added.