Thousands of eggs were distributed free of cost to the people of Namakkal by the Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers Association to mark the World Egg Day celebration in the poultry hub on Friday.
District Collector V. Dakshinamoorthy presided over the celebration and started distribution of free eggs at the association’s office on the Salem Road.
The eggs that were taken in a van were distributed to the people in Namakkal District Government Head Quarters Hospital, and the mother and child welfare centre on Fort Road.
The eggs were sponsored by 15 poultry farms to create awareness among the people on the benefits of egg and the importance of the celebration in the town.
Addressing the gathering at the inaugural of the celebrations, the Collector said that Tamil Nadu stands second in the country among highest egg producing States — next only to Andhra Pradesh. He also spoke on the significance of the day and Namakkal’s contribution to egg production in the State and the country.
Namakkal districts tops egg production in the State by producing 2.8 crore eggs a day and accounts for 1,280 crore eggs per annum.
“This is a major share of Tamil Nadu’s annual production which is around 2,000 crore eggs per year and the 8,000 crore eggs that are annually produced in India. The State also accounts for more than 90 per cent of egg export from India,” he added.
Dean of the Veterinary College and Research Institute (VC & RI) A. Doraisamy said that a normal person should eat 180 eggs a year — against the present per capita egg consumption in India that is only 52 per year.
“While there is adulteration from milk to gold, egg is the only commodity that cannot be adulterated,” he said.
Chairman of the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Namakkal Zone, P. Selvaraj said that egg production in Namakkal has dropped by 40 lakh eggs per day — due to the tough time the industry is facing over the last two years in the form of the escalation of feed price.
President of the Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers Association R. Nallathambi said that market price of a kilogram of table eggs (18 eggs) is around Rs. 72, which is much less than the price of many vegetables.
“Sadly poultry farmers are selling egg at a price that is less than the production cost. Farmers lose Rs. 45 to Rs. 50 — per bird — since last year, due to escalation of feed price,” he said.