Special Correspondent

NAMAKKAL: Poultry farmers are keeping their fingers crossed with eggs piling up because of the nation-wide indefinite lorry strike.

Nearly 3 crore eggs stagnate at the godowns. Many farmers have stopped collecting eggs from garages.

They are left with two options: pray to God or expect the government to make alternative arrangements.

Though poultry owners have expressed solidarity with striking lorry owners of Namakkal town, which boasts of 28,000 goods carriers, 4,000 LPG bullet tankers, 4,500 trailer lorries and 3,000 mini goods carriers, they insist that their goods are perishable and have poor shelf life and hence need to be transported.

The industry has already incurred heavy losses because of Bird Flu scare.

It is not in a position to bear another blow. “A cumulative loss of Rs. 12 crores has, so far, been incurred in the last three days of strike,” says a poultry owner.

The association has decided to operate mini carriers to transport eggs from Wednesday.

“We earnestly hope that the lorry operators oblige us and understand our predicament. We have been talking with their association for a safe transport of eggs,” says a senior office bearer of the poultry association here.

With Pongal festival nearing fast, the continuing lorry strike has left producers of jaggery in Salem district, one of the major producers in Tamil Nadu, bitter with tonnes of jaggery remaining to be transported.