Pakistan is ranked 11th largest producer of broiler chickens
Breeding Stock (Fertile Eggs)
14.34 million birds
01 million birds
Day Old Chicks (DoCs)
Broiler Stock (Meat)
Layers (Table Eggs)
1.6 million tons
0.5 million tons
. Poultry contributes:
- Agriculture (value addition) – 8%
- Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – 2%
- Employment – 1.5 million Families
- Market Capitalization (Rs.) – 750 billion
. 90% of DoCs supply comes from Punjab, price of Day Old Chicks (DoCs) varies from Rs.6 – Rs.80 and creates instability in poultry industry
. Poultry meat contributes 36% of the total meat production in the country
In the poultry cluster , SEDF has been able to age investment in those segments of the value chain which were almost non-exist enter in the province of Sindh. Day Old Chicks come from the province of Punjab whose price fluctuate from Rs.6 to Rs.80 per chick. Higher price creates distortions in the poultry production of the province. SEDF has encouraged and promoted establishment of breeder farms / hatcheries to stabilize and mitigate such price fluctuations.
SEDF has facilitated establishment of an egg pasteurizing unit in a joint venture with a local egg producer and a Dutch company Frisian Eggs, which started its commercial production in May 2019. This unit is the f irst of its kind in the cluster.
Furthermore, in Sindh, mostly poultry sheds are conventional (Bengali Shed) where heat stress is a major problem in broiler farming. Poor management practices and lack of ambient temperatures i.e., 20°C to 24°C creates such conditions inside the sheds which put bird under stress leading to mortality in flocks, reducing growth and making poultry production uneconomical.
While, environment controlled poultry sheds can overcome temperature variations and instill eff icient management practices. These environment controlled poultry sheds are equipped with highly mechanized system of automatic chain feeding and nipple drinking systems, which is a conducive environment for poultry production. The temperature remains 20°C to 24°C providing suitable environment to the broilers.
Poultry farming in environment controlled sheds has brought a great change in poultry industry and is rapidly becoming popular among broiler producers due to its following significant advantages
- Temperature remains consistent round the clock providing very conducive environment to the
- Mortality has been decreased to 2 to 3 percent in environment controlled sheds as compared to 10 percent in conventional
- In environment controlled sheds a broiler flock is ready for market in 37 days as compared to 45 days in conventional
- Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) in conventional farm is more i.e., 3 to 3 kg fee d t o gain 1.5 kg weight), whereas, FCR is improved to 1.8 in controlled environment farm (2 . 8 kg feed to gain 1.5 kg weight).
SEDF is ensuring that these projects are compliant to international food security standards leading to an exportable surplus in the future.