The Telangana Poultry Breeders Association (TPBA) has expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for taking the decision to sell 4 lakh metric tonnes of maize to poultry units in the state at a discounted price of Rs 1,800 per 100 kgs.
The poultry division of the State were worried due to the rising maize prices which has resulted in an increase in prices of poultry feed in the country. TPBA president Dr G Ranjith Reddy said “We are thankful to the Chief Minister’s gesture, which will help us in saving the livelihood of lakhs of poultry farmers in Telangana.” Apart from TPBA, senior officers of Telangana Poultry Federation (TPF) E Pradeep Kumar and others also thanked the Chief Minister for his support.
Ranjith Reddy said, maize accounts of 65 to 70 per cent costs in poultry sector in India. Due to the sharp rise in the prices of maize this year, the industry’s production costs rose. At present maize is being exported at record levels of Rs 2,100 per quintal, earlier price were between Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,400.
Adding to that Reddy said, “Telangana is the only State in India that has given minimum support price for maize to its farmers. Although many difficulties, the State government has also extended the support to the poultry farmers by deciding to provide maize at a much discounted prices.”