Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The Broiler Co-ordination Committee has fixed the daily broiler prices here at Rs. 40 a kg on Monday and it is expected to remain so till the end of this month.

A Committee official said that the demand was good and hence, the prices were lucrative this month. Prices started picking up after Christmas and reached Rs. 40 about 10 days ago. The farm gate price was Rs. 38 a kg. The bird movement was also good. Last week, a number of integrators here sold the birds below the normal weight of 1.7 to 1.8 kg each, owing to the demand.

The average price in 2005 was Rs. 31 a kg and with increasing demand, production had also gone up. A lot of integrated broiler producers were expanding their production and though clear data was not available, production was expected to be 45 lakh to 50 lakh birds a week now in the district. Though prices were likely to remain high in January, it was expected to decline in February and March as market would be dull, the official said. The production rate was Rs. 27 a kg and was likely to remain so as prices of maize and soya were also normal.