Faisalabad’s farms are currently dealing with a critical issue. They are dealing with a vaccination crisis that, if not resolved quickly, could lead to a reduction in meat supply.
The issue arose as a result of many farmers’ failure to vaccinate the chicks, exposing them to various infections and weakening their immune systems.
The consequences of this scenario are disastrous. Non-vaccinated chicks now weigh 20% less than before, and roughly half of all chicken farms have closed in recent months due to mortality and disease exposure.
Local farmer Sadam Ali revealed that soybean, a key component of chicken feed, is now being sold at exorbitant prices in the underground markets. As a result, producers are unable to provide an adequate diet for their chickens, resulting in a decrease in egg quality and output by layer hens.
To put things in perspective, soybean, which was previously available at Rs. 100 per kg, is now available at Rs. 425 per kg.
Dr. Sajjad Arshad, former Chairman of the Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA), has issued a strong warning. He has urged officials to act quickly to address the shortage of poultry medications and vaccinations. Failure to do so may result in the spread of infections among the hens, exacerbating the problem.