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AP poultry industry faces brunt of heatwave

Considered the country's "egg basket", Andhra Pradesh's poultry industry is passing through a crisis with severe heatwave conditions resulting in drastic reduction in egg production.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2003 10:42 IST

Considered the country's "egg basket", Andhra Pradesh's poultry industry is passing through a crisis with severe heatwave conditions resulting in drastic reduction in egg production and a loss of nearly Rs 50 crore.

About four lakh broilers and 23 lakh layers perished in scorching heat this season while the egg production had come down from the normal 3.5 crore eggs to 2.6 crore, President of AP Poultry Federation M P Seshaiah told PTI here today.

The situation was worsening in the wake of blistering heat and severe water scarcity across the state, he said, warning the industry would collapse if the state and central governments failed to intervene in time.

"The price of poultry feed has been increasing at the rate of 25 per cent every year while the cost of eggs has remained the same," Seshaiah said.

Pointing out that it was becoming increasingly difficult for poultry farmers to protect birds from scorching heat, he said the farmers in East Godavari and West Godavari districts were bearing brunt of losses due to unprecedented mercury levels in the region.

A delegation of state poultry federation would seek an appointment with Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and submit a memorandum seeking Centre's intervention to overcome the crisis, he said.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has written to the Centre to provide three lakh tonnes of poultry feed on subsidised rate.

First Published: Jun 04, 2003 10:42 IST