“The proposals of treaty with the US, if signed, will allow import of chicken at a throw away price and therefore, prove a death knell for the Indian poultry industry. The price of chicken in the United States is ridiculously low. Hence, its import will finish the Indian poultry industry with closure of lakhs of Individual butcher houses, render at least 4 million people jobless, and hurt rural economy very badly. The government cannot kill millions of farmers just to satisfy the needs of one country,” said K G Anand, general manager, Venkateshwara Hatcheries, India’s leading producer of raw and processed chicken meat.
Interestingly, consumers in the US pay two and a half times the actual price of chicken to take breast meat (body of the bird). But, they avoid chicken legs which the US dumps in Third World countries, the European Union and China. Since all these markets
have become surplus, the US wants to dump the chicken legs into India, mainly due to its large population size and the broad acceptance of chicken legs as a delicacy by Indian consumers.
“The US was dumping its chicken legs at a throwaway price in the European countries, including Russia, which was taken over by Brazil after the currency devaluation. So, the immediate need of the US is to find a marketplace and India fits the bill. Therefore, the government needs to understand the significance of the Indian poultry sector. The Indian poultry industry has grown over the years without any help from the government. Through the treaty, the government must not interfere in our activity,” said Raghav Rao, managing director, Kohinoor Hatcheries, a poultry farm based in Hyderabad.