M. Gunasekaran

The first shipment of two containers to be sent in the next fortnight

UDUMALPET: Capitalising on the country's strength to combat poultry diseases and the rapid growth of the industry, Western Tamil Nadu's small town, Udumalpet, is all set to export a trial shipment of value-added processed chicken to the highly-sophisticated Japanese market.

"This is the first such export to Japan. The first shipment of two containers will be sent next fortnight. We are confident of meeting their standards. Once they are satisfied with our trial production, we will go in for rapid expansion," says B. Soundararajan, the Managing Director of Suguna Poultry Farm Limited.

Poultry major Suguna group exports processed chicken to the West Asian market. Terming export of portion chicken a biggest opportunity to the fastest growing poultry industry, Mr. Soundararajan says Brazil and India are the best sources of wholesome meat supply. Cheap labour is our strength, he adds.

The importer from Japan, Kato of Okaya Trading Corporation who recently visited Supreme Suguna's modern chicken processing unit at Sankaramanallur, 20 km from here, told The Hindu that next to Brazil, it was India they wanted to source chicken from. Emphasising the need to have more such units, Mr. Kato said India could emerge an alternative supplier to Japan where chicken was favoured more than pork and beef.

An expert team from Japan visited Udumalpet a month ago and trained 40 staff at the unit in hygienic cleaning process.

R. Narahari, Assistant General Manager (in-charge of plant operations) of the Suguna group says the Japanese require two types of meat pieces - 5-7 gram and 20-30 gram - for their Yakitori and Kakugiri dishes. The company will export just the leg meat for this.