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Lack of feed comes down hard on egg production

Update : 05 Dec 2013, 07:26 PM

Egg production in different poultry farms of Gazipur has fallen drastically because of shortage in supply of poultry feed.

Poultry farmers, feed traders and transport owners blamed the continuous blockade programmes for the difficult situation as transportation to supply the poultry feed was limited.

Abul Hossain, a poultry feed dealer of the district’s Sreepur upazila, said he used to sell nearly eight tonnes of feed daily but now, the sales have decreased.

He said he could not supply to the poultry farms as vehicle owners were unwilling to carry the feed, fearing the ongoing vandalism and arson attacks during blockades.

“I have been delivering poultry feed with engine-run three-wheeler vehicles for the last five days. But the supply is not sufficient compared to the demand. Like me, other nine feed vendors have been going through the same situation,” he added.

Giyas Uddin, an egg vendor of the upazila, said: “I have sent vans to different villages to buy eggs. Considering the recent situation, we now unload the eggs at store houses in the capital and return to the district during night as it is risky to unload the goods during daytime because of the blockades.”

Ismat Ara, a poultry farmer of Madhobpur village of the upazila, said: “I get at least 1,300 eggs from the 1,500 chickens that I have in my farm and spend around Tk6,000 for their feed. But recently, I have failed to fulfil my farm’s feed demand because of the shortage in supply and as a result, egg production has been falling.”

“Now, I only get around 150 eggs daily,” she added.

Moreover, adding to the problem, poultry farmers used to receive their money the day after the eggs were sold to the vendors but because of the current political unrest, the vendors fail to give money to the farmers.

Tofajol Hossain, a transport owner, said: “I am afraid to let my vehicles go out on the roads as many good-laden trucks have been torched recently. Now, my vehicles only transport goods during night as the drivers fear arson attacks during the day. Pickets have hurled bricks towards my vehicles many times and had attacked even in the morning while going through Bhogra area of Gazipur, Board Bazar and Dhaka-Kapasia Highway.”

On the issue, Abul Mohsin, general secretary of Bangladesh Poultry Khamar Rokkha Jatiya Parishad, said: “Out of the 11,000 poultry farms, a total of 6,713 are currently running and the production cost at the farms has already increased. Poultry farmers are feeding costly rice and dal to their poultries to fulfil the demand as supply of the main feeding element, corn, is lacking.”

 “It will have a negative effect on the poultry industry,” he added.

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