Pashu Sandesh, 08 Jan 2022
Dr V.Rajendra Prasad
The current per capita availability of eggs is a little over 86 in our country, rather low by western standards where the average is 300. ICMR recommends eggs 181 eggs as the per capita average that simply translates to huge untapped potential.
With rising affordability and access to a wide variety of food. People are willing to eat more eggs. With about 6.5 gms of protein and around 70 calories for eggs, Eggs are perhaps considerably less expensive than milk, meat or any other vegetables as a protein source.
The per capita availability of eggs was 86 eggs per annum in 2019-20*. Japan consumes more eggs than anywhere else in the world. On average, the Japanese eat 320 eggs annually. Poultry production in India has taken a quantum leap in the last four decades, emerging from the use of unscientific farming practices to commercial production systems with state-of-the-art technological interventions.
Poultry farming is something that has to be learnt every day. Each Farm tells its own story that has to be read repeatedly. Let us appreciate Poultry farmers efforts on this New Year eve in implementing good management practices.
Poultry farmers should update the latest technology and modern poultry farming innovations can open the gate for success and prosperity to Indian poultry farmers further. As the population of the world is increasing day by day, the demand for animal protein in the form of eggs and meat is increasing. This could become a big opportunity for poultry farmers.
Poultry farming is having an important role in the Indian economy. Rural poultry farming is uplifting the rural livelihood which is essential for rural development. Currently, less than 10 per cent of the eggs produced are processed, primarily for export.