“We will soon make a representation to the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers to include egg in the noon meal scheme,” said R. Nallathambi, president of the Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers Association.
He was speaking at a function to mark World Egg Day organised by Kemin – a U.S.-based nutritional ingredient manufacturer – here on Friday.
“The Tamil Nadu Government has made egg a part of the Nutritious Noon Meal Scheme because it has understood the importance of egg, which is rich in calcium, protein and Vitamin-A,” he added.
Dr. R. Kulandaivel of Thangam Hospital spoke on “Overcome the Malnutrition through Egg Nutrition.” He suggested that those visiting patients at hospitals could give eggs to the patients in place of apples. “An apple costs about Rs. 25 and gives less protein compared to what two eggs that cost about Rs. 8 can give,” he said.
“We call egg expensive when it is Rs. 4, but we don’t hesitate to buy an imported tin of protein extracted from egg that costs about Rs. 1,500. Egg is also rich in albumin. In many cases human albumin is bought at Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3,000 a bottle when patients undergoing surgery don’t have the required albumin level in blood. This can be averted if he consumes an egg everyday,” he added.
Consuming egg would not lead to heart attack, he said adding that those suffering from heart ailments and high cholesterol should not consume egg.
Dr. K.A. Duraisamy, Dean of the Veterinary College and Research Institute (VC & RI), said that consuming an egg a day would protect the consumers from eye-related problems. “Egg contains 6 gm of protein including amino acids that are essential for the development of the brain,” he said.
Samraj Jeyachandran, senior vice-president of Kemin, said that the egg industry in the country accounts for 0.74 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. “The egg industry provides direct employment to 3.2 million people and indirect employment to about 20 million people who cultivate feed for the chicken.
About 6,100 crore eggs are produced a year in the country and this is expected to increase to 10,000 crore eggs in 2020.
Later 6,500 boiled eggs were distributed free of cost to the people as part of the awareness programme.