Poultry exports from next Jan

By Skandha Gunasekara

Poultry farmers expect to commence large-scale exportation of their products by January 2021.

All Island Poultry Association (AIPA) President Ajith Gunasekara said that they hope to  begin exporting to China by next year.

“The main two markets we’re targeting are Singapore and China. We are currently exporting in small quantities to a few Middle Eastern countries.”

He said the biggest hurdle was competing with international market prices as the cost of production is high in Sri Lanka due to the restrictions on animal feed.

“We are facing a problem with animal feel because maize imports have been banned and we only normally produce 50% domestically as feed. Therefore, our cost of production is high.”

However, he said that steps have already been implemented to increase domestic production as well as use substitute feed.

“Wheat imports are allowed, so we are using that as a substitute for maize. But maize is still the best animal feed and thus we have already begun a large number of maize cultivations. We hope to harvest by February next year and boost our export strength,” Gunasekara said.