The poultry industry has made an appeal to the Union Government to help them get broken grains at a subsidised price from the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and to restructure bank loans to prevent more poultry farms from turning into non performing units.

President of the Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers Association R. Nallathambi told newsmen here on Wednesday that industry leaders have been making repeated representations to the Union Government for about a year.

“Last week we met Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to fulfil our demands,” he added.

Severe loss

He claimed that the industry — broiler meat and egg industry — in Tamil Nadu suffered severe loss to the tune of a few hundred crore rupees due to escalating feed prices.

He reiterated their demand of urging the FCI to release broken grains in wheat and rice that cannot be used for human consumption, but could be used as chicken feed.

Mr. Nallathambi said that close to 100 poultry farms in Tamil Nadu became non performing units in the financial year 2012-13.

“We sought moratorium for one year on repayment of the instalments and interest towards term loans that poultry farmers obtained from various banks and to give a subsidy of six per cent for at least two years.

“Relief was also sought for the non performing farmers to continue in the trade,” he added.