Poultry Federation of India (PFI), an apex and renowned association of Poultry Farmers, Breeders, Equipment Manufacturers, Pharmaceutical Companies and all allied Industries, organized its 33rd Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Chandigarh on Thursday December 22, 2022.
Event commenced with registration in the morning and a very warm welcome address given by President, Mr. Ranpal Dhanda. First of all he expressed his gratitude to all visitors (650+); who came on time on such cold and Foggy morning and also thanked Sponsor companies for their contribution in various categories. He also expressed his sincerest gratitude to various Ministers of Government of India and Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying for their work for the upliftment of poultry farmers through the published Commercial Contract Guideline for Broiler Production and demanded to increase growing charge to 70% from 25% for the farmers as mentioned in the guidelines. He also requested to Ministers of Government of Punjab to implicate and follow these guidelines in their state.
Mr. Ravinder Singh Sandhu, Secretary, addressed all delegates about all the activities of Poultry Federation of India during the year and further assured that Poultry Federation of India in ensure much more drastic steps which shall help the Indian Poultry Farmer in future as well. Accounts were presented by Ricky Thaper, Treasurer, which were concurred and approved by the member delegates. The session ended with a Public address by Mr. Ramesh Chander Khatri, Chairman, who appreciated all delegates and the team for their rigorous efforts for the betterment of the poultry farmers.
The AGM session was followed by technical session wherein presentations on varied aspects were given by various speakers namely Dr. P. K. Shukla, Dr. Deepak Singh, Dr. P Mahesh, Mr. Susil Silva Dr. Ajit Ranade, Mr. Vijay Sardana, and Dr. Lipi Sairwal respectively. The content of these presentations covered various fields including the incentives and schemes for promotion of poultry farming by Government of India.
The Chief Guest of the AGM was Shri Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal ji, Cabinet Minister, Rural Development & Panchayats, NRI Affairs, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, (Government of Punjab) and Guest of Honor Shri Laljit Singh Bhullar ji, Cabinet Minister, Transport, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development (Government of Punjab).
During the welcome address of Chief Guest Mr. Ranpal Dhanda raised a serious issue regarding contract farming. He further indicated that poultry farmers cannot survive in present situation because companies are not giving fair price to the farmers and they cannot even earn their expenses. Flock after flock theirs losses are increasing. He presented a calculation of fixed cost and variable Cost for a flock. That indicates that farmer’s loss Rs. 27 per bird in a single flock when all the actual costs are taken into consideration. He requested the Hon’ble Chief Guest to kindly take into considerations all the costs before implementing these guidelines on a serious note.
Post his address, Broiler Federation, Punjab conveyed their concerns regarding contract farming to the Hon’ble Chief Guest which was in tune with the aspects covered by President, Poultry Federation of India. He further presented the research papers and recommendations by a GADVASU, Ludhiana, Punjab that studied the financial aspects and found in its report that the contract farmer is actually making severe losses.
Upon these deliberations, the Chief Guest Sh. Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal Ji promised that this exploitation of farmers should stop across India and Punjab will be the first state to take action against such exploitation of poultry farmer setting an example for the entire country. He further gave his assurance that the Government shall support the Punjab Poultry Farmer and entire poultry sector in all concerns in future as well. He further expressed his desire for opening of first Poultry Produce Market in Punjab as poultry farmers of Punjab face an immense challenge due to non availability of such markets in the state and also assured of making deliberations regarding market fees on Bajra, Maize etc that should bring relief for the poultry sector in Punjab and entire India. He also emphasized that Poultry chicken and egg is the best and purest form of protein which is essentially required for eradication of malnutrition in India.
Concurring the assurances given by the Hon’ble Chief Guest, the Guest of Honour, Sh. Laljit Singh Bhullar Ji stated that the Government of Punjab will become the first state in the entire nation that will bring various rulings that shall favor the Indian poultry farmer and will always stand by the poultry farmers of Punjab including the implementations of the guidelines for contract farming. He also assured that the government of Punjab is more than willing to work towards the poultry farmer and Government of Punjab will try to set an example to the entire nation for the betterment of poultry farmer of the state. Being a farmer himself, the Hon’ble Guest of Honor expressed his support to Poultry Federation of India across India for improving the economic state of the poultry farmer of entire nation.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, Vice President (HQ), Poultry Federation of India who also expressed his gratitude to both ministers for their support for the welfare on poultry farmer.