JOYPURHAT: Poultry industry in the district is facing a serious setback due to marketing problems although this industry meets up increasing local demand for meat and eggs since mid-80s.
There are around 10,000 poultry farms in the district. Of them, only 2,500 are registered with the Department of Livestock.
Poultry industry operators said they have been producing nearly 1 crore of eggs and 10,000 metric tonnes of meat every months.
“We can export our products to other countries after meeting the domestic demands. But proper initiatives in this regard have yet taken,” they claimed.
For this, people involved in the industry have been passing their days in uncertainty, they added.
There are total 40 hatcheries in the district including one of government and all the hatcheries produced 4000,000 chicks in every month. In 2016-17, these hatcheries jointly produced 3.20 crore chicks.
Anoarul Haque Anu managing director of Padma Feed and Chicks Private Ltd, Mahmudul Haq managing director of Purobi Agro Industry Private Ltd. with any other of poultry related persons in Joypurhat said that poultry feed industry is growing fast in the district to meet the huge demand of such large number of poultry farms in the district. At total of 11 feed industry already set up in the district to produce 14,000 metric tonnes poultry feed to earn of Tk. 3 crore, selling result of 50 percent on due, they said.
Giving some reason of instable market of poultry Sector, Rashduzzaman Director of Mondol Agro Industry, Kabir Akbor Taz Chowdhury owner of TRB Agro Industry Private Ltd. said that most eminent hotels of the country still use imported fowls for meeting the demand of meat, lack of spaces for building farms, disparities between demand and production, supply and demand of medicine and lack of knowledge in applying such medicine, adverse weather, instable markets of daily essentials and nuisance of brokers are the main obstacle to profit the farm owners.
Sanwar Hossain of Jamalganj village said he earned Tk. 15,000 a month two year ago, but, he incurred loss of Tk. 2,00,000 in last two months.
Production cost is higher then market price. Each kilogram broiler is sold Tk. 125 while production cost is above 150 taka, he said.