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Egg prices soar in TN, farmers blame hike in fodder prices to be the reason

- June 30, 2022

Chennai, June 30 (BPNS)

The prices of eggs in Tamil Nadu have increased with the prices even touching Rs 6 per egg in many parts of the state. Namakkal, the egg capital of South India has cut short its production from 6 crore eggs per day to 5 crore eggs per day as fodder prices have come up.

R. Ramesh Babu, of Southern Star egg farm, Namakkal while speaking to BPNS said, “ The prices of fodder have increased more than 30%  and has put immense strain on the farmers. We are not even able to touch our breakeven cost if prices are not hiked.”

The hike in fodder prices has forced many poultry farmers to close down some sheds to reduce expenses.

Surulinathan, a poultry farmer of Namakkal while speaking to BPNS said, “ The price hike helps us tally out other expenses in the market. To produce a single egg, we invest around Rs 4.80 to Rs 5.10 and this cost is without our transport charges, labour, vaccination, and electricity.”

He said that he owned more than 1 lakh chickens and I have now sold over 30 percent of my chickens. Suralinathan said that more than 40 percent of farmers of Namakkal have sold their chickens to stay afloat in the industry.

With the Namakkal district egg farmers cutting down the production of eggs per day by one crore, there is a shortage of eggs also as a large volume of these eggs is sold to Kerala and Karnataka.

Fifty lakh eggs per day from Namakkal district are provided to Tamil Nadu noon meal scheme. Farmers said that only by hiking the egg price to Rs 6 will they reach a point of profit and hence the hike in prices.

Vangli Subramanian, President of Tamil Nadu Egg Poultry farmers marketing society while speaking to BPNS said, “ The hike in price of fodder has broken the backbone of our industry. Before the Covid pandemic lockdown, the fodder price was Rs 18 to 20 per kg but now it has risen to Rs 30 to 32 per kg. This huge rise in fodder prices has led us to increase the price of eggs as, without a hike, it will lead to the total shut down of the industry which we cannot afford to.”