Lahore, June 05, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Ministry of Water and Power to exempt poultry sector from load shedding that is working as poison for this sensitive and important industry.
In a statement issued here after having a detailed meeting with the delegation of poultry industry, the LCCI President Abdul Basit said that Poultry farmers / Hatchery Owners / poultry processing plants (slaughter houses) are all suffering very heavy losses due to heavy load shedding in one go of 10 hours from 6-PM to 4-AM. They are also having power outages over and above this during the day. He said that this is the most urgent matter to be looked into to avert loss of billions to the poultry industry.
The LCCI President said that Poultry Association is collaborating with Government to supply poultry products in Ramzan Bazars less then the market price. If all their birds die because of this long 10 Hours load shedding how general public will get this benefit while people attached with this industry would have to bear huge loss. He said that poultry industry and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry had already brought this matter to the notice of Ministry of Water and Power but no action yet been taken.
Abdul Basit said that most of the poultry farmers are small investors. One control shed may cost Rs 20Million Maximum and they cannot invest on prime time generator sets. They do have standby generators but they are good for maximum 2 hours. He said that the hatcheries are also facing the same problem. They have hatching eggs of different days settings. He said that with this long load shedding all the chicks in eggs ready to hatch can die which means no chicks for the poultry farm to house in coming days. He said that slaughter houses can slaughter only at night because of very hot weather birds can only be transported after sunset to the slaughterhouse other wise they will die during transporting.
The LCCI President said that due to one go of 10 hours load shedding, poultry industry have suffer heavy losses while situation would further aggravate if corrective measures are not taken by the Ministry of Water and Power. Abdul Basit demanded of the Ministry of Water and Power take notice of the situation and exempt poultry industry from prolonged, awful and heavy loss-making load shedding.
For more information, contact:
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan