THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation (KEPCO) should take necessary measures to ensure that the State produced its requirement of eggs and poultry meat, said Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan.
He was speaking after inaugurating a KEPCO poultry complex at Pettah here on Wednesday. The Chief Minister said the State imported poultry products from other States to meet its rising demand. Concerns have been raised about such products being brought from neighbouring States. There have been reports that chicken are injected with drugs so that they gain weight very rapidly, he said.
The Chief Minister said it would not be difficult for the State to cultivate its requirement of eggs and poultry. In fact, egg production had risen by 33 per cent during the last four years. In 2006, eggs estimated to cost Rs.120 crore were produced. Today, the figure stands at Rs. 161 crore. Likewise, there has been a 15 per cent jump in the production of poultry meat in the State during this period