Farming status for poultry sought

Plea for exemption on stamp duty on loans

Minimum support price for egg demanded

State urged to include two eggs a week in mid-day meal scheme

VIJAYAWADA: Poultry farmers of Vijayawada region on Monday demanded that the Centre confer the status of farming on poultry business and also declare minimum support price for egg by setting up a ‘National Egg Board’.

A number of leading poultry farmers of the region, under the aegis of the Vijayawada zone of the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), which covers the districts of Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam, addressed a press conference and explained the ‘hardships’ their business was facing because of several ‘challenges.’

NECC Vijayawada zone chairman K. Lakshminarayana said that the input costs had gone up by 30 per cent in the last one year because of the rising prices of poultry feed like maize and also the hiking of the interest rate on the loans given by banks. Still, the poultry industry had kept the price of each egg at Rs.1.82. There was no marked resistance from consumers even if the price was going up to Rs.2.50 to Rs.3 by the time the egg was reaching them.

He asserted that there was an urgent need for the State Government to include two eggs a week in the mid-day meal scheme being implemented in government schools by taking a cue from the Tamil Nadu Government which was supplying three eggs a week. The other demands of the poultry farmers listed out were exemption from payment of 1 per cent stamp duty on the loans disbursed by banks and exemption from payment of excise and other taxes on the vitamins, other nutrients and vaccines used by the poultry industry.

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