DDG can help Poultry industry by cutting cost of feed: Atul Chaturvedi

Pashu Sandesh, 26 December 2021

The poultry industry is currently facing a serious crisis of high-cost feed leading to shrinking profit margins and higher input costs. To tide over the crises, the Government is mulling on the use of Distiller Dried Grains (DDG) a byproduct of ethanol production as an alternative for the costly soymeal. 

Talking to The Indian Express, Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary Animal Husbandry Department, Government of India, elaborated on the plans of the Government. The government recently allowed the import of Genetically modified Soymeal which has brought some relief against controlling the skyrocketing prices of Soymeal but as per Chaturvedi, not a permanent solution and DDG could offer some relief. “This high-protein feed can replace maize and soymeal in poultry feed by 50 per cent and 60 per cent respectively. (Poultry feed is a mixture of maize, which is the carbohydrate component, and soya meal, which is the protein component of the feed). As ethanol production increases in the country and grain-based ethanol makes its presence felt, DDGs can provide an alternative to soymeal for the industry” said Chaturvedi.