Report on Poultry Product Marketing of CP Bangladesh Co Ltd

Report on Poultry Product Marketing of CP Bangladesh Co Ltd


In the report “Poultry Industry of Bangladesh– A Strategic Analysis of Poultry Product Marketing of C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd.”, it has tried to find out the prospects and the problems of the poultry industry. This report will help the new entrepreneurs and small scale poultry producers. Here the production procedure and marketing system are being highlighted through the marketing process of C P Bangladesh. The grass-root level farmers of poultry are suffering from high risk and insufficient profits. Also the distributors are not enjoying a risk less profit. There is a insecurity and instability found in the market right now. Most of the companies including CP are suffering losses. Due to the deadly threat from bird-flu all the stake holders fear to invest farther. Despite the fear of bird flu C P is investing more and more in the industry to take the advantage of the opportunity of less competition. The raw material price was unstable too due to high demand in the international market. This high price creates a problem for both the company and the farmer. The farmers are getting expert day by day with help of Private companies and government raining facilities. Because of the nature of the product (Live and perishable), the marketing process has faced many difficulties. The companies and the farmers have to sale their product as soon as it ready. Bangladesh poultry industry is ready to fulfill the demand of this country and in the near future this industry could be exporting poultry product.

1.1 Origin of the Study

The report has been done as a part of the internship program at the end of MBA degree. The report is based on poultry industry of Bangladesh. Poultry industry is one of the emerging agricultural sectors in Bangladesh. And it is a study on marketing of poultry product of C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. Here it is tried to retrieve the production, marketing, and managing procedure of poultry firms in Bangladesh.                                                                                             

1.2 Objectives of the Report

The report’s broad objective is to provide sufficient information about the poultry industry in Bangladesh to develop the recent portrait about this emerging sector. For this reason it is attempted to find out some specific objectives which are mentioned:

To provide information about the history of the industry

To provide the current market situation

To develop a better marketing strategy for the companies

Product marketing Strategies of C.P Bangladesh Co. Ltd.

Providing information about the competitors

To provide information about export & import sector

To overcome the subsequent business obstacles

To provide information about research & development.

1.3 Background

Poultry is one of the important sectors of agriculture in Bangladesh for maintaining the need of protein and nutrition. This industry is growing largely as a profitable business. This paper will try to come across the insides of the total industry (For chickens and eggs) form production to final consumption. From the 1980s the commercial poultry production are starting in Bangladesh. Now it is seen that small scale poultry production contributes a lot in the total industry. We have to protect it and make bigger to catch the overseas market. 

1.4 Scope of the study

In the title of the report it is mentioned that the report name is “Poultry Industry of Bangladesh”. But this report covers the product marketing (mainly poultry feed and chicken) related proceedings. And it is assumed that chickens are the main poultry product. It is observed that the ducks are used for eggs production mainly. And different types of birds are grown-up in domestic ownership. So it can expect that emphasis on chickens covers the most of the part of poultry industry of Bangladesh.

1.5 Significance of the study

Before the preparation of the paper, many articles and reports are prepared about the poultry industry and poultry product. And it can be expected that the report “Poultry Industry of Bangladesh” will add some assessment with the previous tasks. It need not be mentioned that we have been depended on the industry in everyday which will be beneficial for from several view points: First, we will be informed about the real world situation. Second, we will be familiar about the marketing tasks that are being performed in this sector. Third, what opportunities are exist there and what are the expectations of the employer of a particular farm.

1.6 Research Timeline

The research activities and the associated expected timeframe are shown below in the figure:

1.7 Limitations

To collect information on this topic faced some restrictions. For the lack of time it could not collect information properly. The provided time is about three months for preparing this report. It has experienced time limitations because, three months are not enough time for collecting all the information from the most farms that are scattered all over the country. And the information available on the website and in the other sources was not reliable. The competitor companies mostly provide insufficient information or refuse to provide any information. There is little information about the local companies in the website. To prepare this report I had depend on the company database. For preparing our report, clear; specific and accurate information is required but we can’t get sufficient cooperation from the authority to our expected level particularly from the hatchery owner.

2. Methodology

This study is an exploratory one. For the research purpose, a survey was conducted on a small sample of the owners and marketers of the poultry industry as well as consumers. Traders are selected purposively. Data have been presented in descriptive, tabulators, graphics for better and easy analysis simple average and percentage techniques are used to analyze the findings in view of their simplicity and easiness to understand. Report was conducted on the basis of secondary information and the market research done by third parties and the market visit. Information was collected from company database, relevant papers and documents provided by the Marketing and other divisions, publications of different organizations, daily newspaper provided by market research department, internet, and company websites. The following steps are taken to develop the research paper-

(i)                 Identifying the required data category and relevant sources

(ii)               Collecting the secondary data from the respective sources

(iii)             Compiling the data and analyzing them by using necessary tools

(iv)             Making recommendations and conclusions

2.1 Research design

Type of the research

The research is an exploratory research.

Data Type:

Both the primary and secondary data of C.P were collected for the research.

Sources of Primary Data:

C.P.: The sources of primary data are the interviews of the managers and other employees of different departments of C.P. Observation and working with the clients’ database were other sources of collecting the primary data.

Sources of Secondary Data:

C.P.: The secondary data were collected from the annual financial reports of the company. Also from the brochures, and Internet web site of C.P.

2.2 The research flowchart

3. Overview of Poultry Industry

3.1 Industry Profile

Poultry is considered as an important source of animal protein all over the world. In Bangladesh, poultry contributes a major share of animal protein simply because of the limitations and religious taboos in case of pork and beef. Bangladesh is a country the people of which consume the lowest percentage of protein than the minimum requirements because of inadequate supply of protein-generating food products. Poultry meat and egg can effectively fulfill the shortage of protein requirement, since it can be produced at the least cost, lowest time and efforts than the other protein producing animals.

Commercial poultry industry is growing rapidly in Bangladesh. Estimate shows that poultry population is increasing at the rate of 6.5% per year in the country. There are over 116.5 million chickens and 13.47 million ducks in Bangladesh. This poultry sector is growing may be because the fish population is declining and people are switching to poultry as a source of animal protein. According to a 2006 census completed by the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and the Poultry Sector Development Project (PSDP), there are approximately 38000 commercial poultry farms housing 124,10,000 layers and 107,84,5000 broilers in Bangladesh (Jarjour, 2006). These poultry farms are producing approximately 10474 tons (I.e., 1063 million tons year) of excreta every day in the country.

3.2 Backdrop Circumstances of Poultry

Following is a summary of the evolution of the poultry industry in Bangladesh.

Poultry plays a vital role in Bangladesh & involves 85% of rural people.

Improved variety of birds firstly imported in 1935.

Six poultry farms were set up in 1947 at different locations of the country, ‘Eggs and Hens’ in 1964.

Biman poultry complex started its operation, after liberation,

BRAC developed “Rural Poultry Model” in 1983.

In early nineties, private parent stock farm started.

Large scale eggs and meat production have increased production from last 15 years in this country.

AFBL introduced dressed chicken marketing at first in Bangladesh.

C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. started its operation as a lone foreign company in the Bangladesh poultry industry in 1999.

C. P. Started to Marketing Cooked chicken items in 2008.

3.3 Importance of Poultry Production in Bangladesh

Poultry industry adds more values than any other industries. In our daily life we need to take meat for getting animal protein. So the poultry producers produce a big quantity of eggs and meat which play a great role to the national economy. Poultry contributes a large part of our GDP. Government declared poultry as a thrust sector & classified as agro based industry. Both eggs and chicken meat have huge domestic demand. And poultry is the sector for obvious profit. Government liberalized its policies by introducing easier loan procedure, lower interest rate, tax holiday etc. Free training with payment is provided to the interested from mass people to encourage the willingness. Some small amount loan is given among the people to grow the poultry production. Egg production has been increased during last 10 years; Poultry meat production has been doubled. It contributes- poverty reduction, new employment generation, and nutritional status. There are many people shifted from serial to non-crop about 5 million people.

3.4 Present Poultry Production

3.4.1 Production Categories

In Bangladesh we naturally see four categories of poultry production procedure exist in villages, towns or cities. These are –

(i)                 Traditional rural backyard scavenging

(ii)               Semi-scavenging,

(iii)             Commercial farming system

(iv)             Contract/ integrated farming system.

In the traditional rural backyard scavenging, we see the poultry are not farmed in scientific way. Many people take training but they do not follow the exact way. This category is mainly used for satisfying domestic needs. The second category is semi-scavenging system where combinations of traditional and scientific approach are used. Commercial and domestic perspectives are considered in semi- scavenging approach. In the commercial farming system is only for commercial purpose and the poultry are produced under a control environment. In the integrated farming system the production chain of poultry exist with producers, feed suppliers, marketers and/or farmers.

3.4.2 Present Management System & Credit Facilities

Most of the farmers are technically unsound. And small farmers are not aware about quality of chicks, quality of feed, disease prevention and control techniques, bio-security of farms, etc. Credit facilities are available from bank, some reputed NGOs s well as the feed sellers. Most of the farmer markets their products with their feed sellers and the whole sellers. The distributors play a vital role in the supply of capital to the farmers as credit facilities. Most of the farmers arrange capital to prepare the farm and purchase day old chicks. But they depend on the distributors for feed. The distributors provide credit facilities to purchase feed for the day old chicks.    

3.4.3 Growth Trend of Imported and Local Parent Stock

The growth trend of parent stock (both layer & broiler) imported parent stick and local parent stock ratio is negatively correlated. We see the imported parent stock of chicken was 2,300,000 kgs and local parent stock was only 300,000 kgs. And in 2004 it was 1,900,000kgs and 500,000kgs respectively. In the year 2005 we see the local and imported parent stock became closer in approximate 1,500,000kgs. Finally, in 2006 the local parent stocks exceed imported parent stock. From this statistics we may expect, we will be self-sufficient within the year 2010 in producing parent stock.

Exhibit: The growth of parent stock

3.5 Present Status of Poultry Enterprise

In Bangladesh and a gradual improvement and increasing the number of poultry farm have been observed from 1980s. It is very much dreadful if the commercial poultry farm is not created. There hatcheries in the country are increasing their production day by day, so there should be a less crisis for day old chicks for farmers. Government has taken many initiatives to take care for the industry.

Numbers of farms have been established in 1990 with bank support.

There are 130 hatcheries of which 109 are in operation.

Only 18 breeding farms are fully environment controlled.

85% hatchery produces only broiler and rest produce layer.

Most of the Companies now have both hatchery and feed mill.

3.6 Poultry farm & Poverty Alleviation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has developed a model in which poultry is used as a tool of poverty reduction, fostering the idea of community group formation and skill development training regarding improved poultry husbandry practices rolled with micro-credit, for the rural poor especially the women to improve their livelihood, income generation and empowerment. The model comprises a set of mutually supported activities as a framework concept with the aim of poverty reduction, continual improvement and dissemination of husbandry knowledge and modalities. A group of entrepreneurs (enterprises) are established in the model as an integrated chain of production. But rigorous modality and ambitious assumptions leads to uncertain ability, in spite of its long term practice (1993-2004) in the country. Lesson learnt over the period of time during the course of implementation of the model in different projects pinpoints the need of adoption of a simplified version.

3.7 State of the Poultry Farms in Bangladesh

Poultry Industry has become a destination for livelihood of 5.2 million people and its size may increase by five-fold. There are about 112,000 farms, 136 hatcheries and breeder farms, 32 automatic mechanized feed mills, 45 small and medium feed mills and more than 100 medicine companies in operation in Bangladesh. Having started in 1969 commercially, poultry farms have grown many folds over the past years. At the beginning mortality rate of chickens was more than 60 per cent as import of vaccine was not allowed.  The growth has been fastest since 1990s though this industry was absolutely commercialized in 1980s. Now 100 per cent domestic demand of poultry is met by this industry. Poultry industry was declared an agro-based industry in 1994 and tax on land used for production was reduced to the rate enjoyed by agro-based industries. To boost this industry the government banned the import of one day chicks for commercial purpose and hatching eggs and eggs for eating from India. Poultry farms were exempted from income tax until the year 2005. Letter of credit (L/C) margin was reduced and made flexible for this industry along with 20 per cent rebate on electricity but the government’s initiative to prepare poultry policy was still under process which needed to be finalized immediately.

4. Company Overview

4.1 C.P. Group

The Charoen Pokphand Group is the largest business conglomerate in Thailand. Its chief subsidiary is Charoen Pokphand Foods, which did 116.5 billion baht in revenue in 2005, earning a profit of 6.747 billion baht. Aside from agribusiness, the family-owned holding company’s interests range from retailing, as the franchisee of Thailand’s ubiquitous 7-Eleven stores to telecommunications, as the owner of True Corporation, a mobile telephone, Internet service provider and cable television company.

4.1.1 History

Charoen Pokphand traces its beginnings back to 1921, when brothers Ek Chor and Siew Whooy started the Chia Tai seed shop in Bangkok’s Chinatown. They imported seeds and vegetables from China and exported pigs and eggs to Hong Kong.

Taking the Thai name Chearavanont, the family business prospered when it adopted the strategy of turning its seed customers into suppliers for an animal feed. In 1954, the company opened its first feed mill (it’s now the fifth largest feed-mill operator in the world), and it soon branched out into livestock operations, beginning with poultry and then swine.

The company has grown into a global business, with more than 250 subsidiaries in 20 countries, including China, where it is known as the Chia Tai Group.

The CP Group was formerly a partner in the Tesco Lotus venture with Tesco of the United Kingdom and in Makro stores with that chain’s Dutch parent company. The company sold its stakes in those enterprises in 2003 due to its post-1997 crisis policy to focus on 7-Eleven, in which unlike Tesco and Makro it owns a majority, as its flagship retail arm. However, the company kept its shares in Tesco Lotus outlets in China.

The company was famous for horizontal integration expanding into several business lines with 4-5 SET listed companies. After the Asian financial crisis in 1997, C.P. hired Price Waterhouse as its consultant and consolidated into three business lines under its main “brand names”: foods (C.P. Foods), retail (7-Eleven), and telecommunications (True). Each of these companies has a separate listing but the other listed companies were merged into CPF.

Unusually for a Chinese family, C.P.’s head, Dhanin, is the youngest sibling. He is known for his vision and compromising nature, and for his belief in geomancy.

C.P.’s headquarters is located in “C.P.Tower” on Silom Road, which it purchased over 20 years ago for about 200 million Baht.

C.P. is one of only a handful of companies in Thailand given the right to use ‘the Garuda seal’.*

4.1.2  Values and Beliefs  

For more than 80 years, CP Group’s operations and investments both locally and internationally have always contained its three-benefit philosophy. Passionately embedded into our everyday working life, our businesses and affiliates with more than 250,000 employees worldwide firmly uphold that its work must serve as a:

Benefit to the Country

Benefit to the People

Benefit to the Company.

4.1.3  Corporate Culture       

How the company work sets it apart from its competitors. Adhering to six guiding principles, its working environment constantly involves:


Product innovation

Customer satisfaction

Versatility and adaptability

Quality products at lowest prices

Dedication and loyalty of the workforce

4.1.4  Mission

Its mission is to energize the body and mind of communities to which it  serve-

Energizing the Body

  • Cultivating and processing crop products for animal feed.
  • Production and further processing of livestock and aquaculture products
  • Providing channels of food consumption through food service and retail outlets

Energizing the Mind

  • Providing integrated communications and content services through fixed, wireless and cable networks

4.1.5  Subsidiaries:

Charoen Pokphand Foods:

Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (SET: CPF) was registered as Charoen Pokphand Feed mill Company Limited on January 17, 1978. Growing into Thailand’s largest agribusiness firm, it was renamed Charoen Pokphand Foods in 1999 and has the slogan “Kitchen of the World.”

True Corporation:

True Corporation Public Company Limited (SET: TRUE) was established in 1990 as TelecomAsia. True controls Thailand’s largest cable TV provider, True Visions (formerly UBC, a merger of True’s UTV and Shinawatra’s IBC Cable), its largest ISP ‘TrueInternet’, and its third-largest mobile operator ‘TrueMove’. True has been a leader in introducing broadband into the country and has about 80% market share. Other than that true also controls the mobile pay company ‘TrueMoney’, in addition to that ‘TrueVisions’ ‘TrueAF’ is now Thailand’s most watched show (from June – September), earning a vast profit from concert votes. True’s cell phone operator, TrueMove, is right behind DTAC (second largest operator), thanks to fellow “True” companies that have joined forces. True is now Thailand’s Largest Convergence Company, and if counted all sub companies, is larger than DTAC and AIS.

4.1.6  Joint ventures

      CP-Meiji dairy, with Meiji Dairies of Japan.

      CP 7 Eleven (SET: CP7-11) with 7-Eleven of Japan. On October 19, 2007, CP7-11 was re-named “CP All Public Co. Ltd.”.

      HCPT (the mobile phone network “3 Indonesia”) with HTIL

4.1.7  Agro-Business & Food

CP’s integrated agribusiness, positions it to meet the world’s changing lifestyles need for affordable, nutritional, and high quality food products. Consisting of five divisions (Seed, animal feed, livestock production, further processing, and trading), its horizontally and vertically integrated agribusiness enables it to create value by supplying needs anywhere across the world.

One of the largest animal feed producers in the world, CP’s feed manufacturing dates back to 1954, as an offshoot to its original seed supplying business. From its initial development to today, CP’s local and international feed mills, produces food for our livestock consisting of poultry, swine, and aquaculture businesses.

Its poultry, swine, and aquaculture businesses (CP Foods) were formed through strategic partnerships with leading international livestock organizations over 30 years ago. Today, its operations enables it to breed various livestock, operate farming systems, process meat, and conduct mass food production in both commodity and value-added forms for both local and international consumption. In addition, its agribusiness and food industry business has cleared internationally recognized health and safety regulations, which includes GMP, HACCP, and ISO 9000 and 1400, enabling it with the ability to provide consumer products that are safe and hygienic.

4.2 C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd

4.2.1  Overview:  

C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. is a sister concern of C.P. Group Thailand. C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. is incorporated in Bangladesh on 14th January 1999 doing business in the Agricultural industry, Poultry sector. Though C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. is not in Bangladesh many years, but in this shorter period it has established its own Feed mills, Breeder Farm, Hatcheries, G.P. farm, fish feed mill all over the country.

4.2.2  Objective:

C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. has established with a vision “To be a leader in Agro-business industry in Bangladesh” and each day it is getting closer to its vision.

4.2.3  Strategy

C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. focuses on quality and productivity. C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. prepares them for the future by building world-class facilities, Transferring technology, trained up efficient management. They look at the future with confidence.

4.2.4  Feed mill

C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. has four feed mills in Bangladesh operating in Savar, Narayangonj (Rupgonj), Rajshahi (Putia) and in Chitagong. C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. now produce Poultry feed (both layer and broiler), breeder feed, fish feed and cattle feed. It is planning to produce shrimp feed very soon.

4.2.5  Hatchery

C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. has three hatcheries in Bangladesh situated in Dhaka ( Kaliakoir), Bogra and Chittagong. C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. has the production capacity of 12 lac broiler and 2 lac layer D.O.C per week. C P now produce popular broiler breed Cobb 500 and Ross 308 and Isa brown for layer. It has also started its fish hatchery producing Tilapia fry.

4.2.6  Integration

The Group is moving towards integrated poultry production, and is establishing broiler farms. At present, they are producing 80,000 broilers per week.

4.2.7  Pullet

C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. is producing quality pullet for the farmers. the farmers can reduce there egg production time by using pullet.

4.2.8  Production Strategy

C P feed is well known in Bangladesh for its premium quality. The company follows a strict policy starting from collecting its raw material through feed producing. The company is uncompromising about its feed quality. Same goes to its hatchery management.

4.2.9  Management.

C.P. Bangladesh Co. Ltd. is run by the Thai management along with Bangladeshi personnel. The company has Thai expert in every crucial sector of its operation.

4.2.10  other business

C P Bangladesh Co. Ltd. has started to market animal health product recently. It has been planning to start its food business very soon

5. Marketing mix of C.P. Bangladesh Co., Ltd.

 5.1 Product

  • Feed
    • Poultry feed
      • Broiler feed
      • Layer feed
      • Breeder feed
      • Pellet and Mash feed
      • Fish feed
      • Protein Concentrate
      • D.O.C (Day old chicks)
        • Broiler chicks
        • Layer chicks
      • Ready pullet
      • Fish fry
      • Animal Health Medicine and Vaccine
      • Cooked food
        • Chicken fry
        • Grill chicken
      • Fresh egg.
      • Hybrid Maize seed

1. C P chicks in the Box         2. C P feed in dealer shop     3. Fresh Egg


 5.2 Price

Feed price: – C P set a premium price for its feeds. C P has successful to establish its feed quality as benchmark in this country. C P never lowers its feed price than other company to catch market. C P wants to remain the price leader in the market.

Chick’s price: C P wanted to set a premium price for its chicks but could not establish due to the nature of the product and the nature of the market of Bangladesh. Here the chicks demand is very much unstable. And the C P is not the market leader of chicks market so it has to follow the price set by the market leader most of the time as it sets the market price.

A comparison in the poultry feed price with other companies –

CompanyBroiler feed (Starter)Layer feed (Layer layer)
C P14501200
Kazi1300No feed
ACI Godrej13651100

Feed price on November 2008, Source: CP Database

A comparison in the D.O.C price with other companies –

C P2535
ACI Godrej22

Chick price on November 2008, Source: CP Database

5.3 Place: Distribution Channel

C P follows the traditional system of distribution of the poultry industry. It has distributors all over Bangladesh. It has try to establish dealer points starting with the poultry zone’s of the Bangladesh like Saver, Gazipur, Narayangong and the major district. Within five years it has dealers in every district in Bangladesh except those districts without poultry market.

CP gives two mainly two types of dealership, 1) Independent dealer 2) Direct feeder. A direct feeder can use CP product only for his farm but can not sell outside. An independent dealer is mainly a reseller to the farmers. It is the job of the independent dealer of that district or area to collect booking for chicks and provide feed for the chicks in that area. An independent dealer can sell to other dealers or sub-dealer to a remote or small market. The independent dealer can use feed and chicks for his farm also.

CP has established its feed mills in the convenient places. It has three feed mills in Dhaka (Saver), Rajshahi, and Chittagong. It has three poultry hatcheries and one fish hatchery. They are in Dhaka, Borga and in Chittagong. The location of its feed mill and hatchery gives it a competitive advantage.

A typical CP dealer shop

5.4 Promotions

To sell its product CP make various promotional activities. By the policy CP believes less in advertisement as truly poultry product sale less depends on advertisement or the customer seldom move by the advertisement in this industry. Still CP places its advertisements in the poultry Magazines. C P takes participation in the poultry fair and other events.

C P focuses on the direct customer and tries to keep contact with them directly. Group selling meeting and seminar is one of the main promotional activities of C P. Along with various technical knowledge cp distribute its product information to the customer and offer various bonus scheme for short period.

C P runs several promotional activities for it dealer all the year round. It offers different promotional facilities for the dealers providing a target sale. One of the lucrative offers is the pleasure trip to Thailand for the dealers. Dealers can stay for at least one in a five star hotels and visit the places of Thailand.

Dealers in a pleasure trip in Thailand

Participating in a poultry fair

6. Analysis of Major Competitors

6.1 Kazi

Kazi Farms Limited was established in 1996 as a hatchery of imported eggs. The following year it started its own parent farms, and in 2004 production started in its grand-parent (GP) farms.

In addition to producing breeder feed to meet it own requirements, in 2006 it established the largest and most advanced feed mill in the country with technical assistance from Cargill USA and Buhler Switzerland.

Kazi Farms Group is the grand-parent franchisee of Cobb-Vantress USA for Cobb 500, acknowledged world-wide to be the best broiler. It also has a smaller number of grand-parents of the popular Ross broiler from Aviagen USA.
Kazi Farms Group was the first exporter of hatching eggs and day-old chicks from Bangladesh.

Kazi Farms Group has over 50 broiler parent farms, layer parent farms, broiler grand-parent (GP) farms, hatcheries, feed mills and sales offices in different locations throughout Bangladesh.

Kazi farms has the largest D.O.C production capacity in Bangladesh by producing more then 20 lac chicks per week.

6.1.1 SWOT Analysis

  • Highest number of chick production.
  • Highest number of distributors
  • Big capacity feed mill
  • Hatcheries are located in the strategic location.
  • Parent stock.
  • Grand parent stock.
  • Sufficient number of employees.


  • Maintaining chicks quality
  • Maintaining feed quality.
  • Absent of strong distributors
  • Concentration on chicks selling.
  • Late entrance in the feed marketing


  • To sell more feed.
  • Sell grand parents
  • Sell hatching eggs to small hatchery
  • Go for dress meat marketing
  • Go for egg marketing.


  • Bird flu
  • Entrance of multinational companies in the poultry industry
  • Increase in the production of other company.

6.2 Aftab

Founded in 1991, Aftab Bahumukhi Farms Limited was established at Bhagalpur, Bajitpur in the district of Kishoregonj, about 110 km northeast of DhakaCity. Its main objective was to provide and make available good and hygienic sources of poultry protein, dairy product, fish, vegetables, cereals etc.

Under the field of activities it has the following operational divisions:

AFTAB POULTRY maintain parent (Breeding) stock in own farm & through contract growers. Producing 2 million day old chicks per month in a modern Hatchery. Producing broiler chicken through contract growers, processing chicken by modern poultry processing plant. Marketing & distributing Day Old Chicks, Live, dressed & portioned chicken throughout the country by its own distribution system.

POULTRY FEED MILL was first established primarily to provide balanced feed for the ABFL own poultry. It was later expanded to meet the demand of poultry feed for the larger section of the growing market. At present ABFL has 3 feed mills with capacity of 10000, MT/Month & distributing balanced feed to the farmer throughout the country by its own distribution system.

ABFL also has taken a venture to establish another fully automatic feed mill with capacity of 10000 MT / Month at Rupsi, Rupgonj, Narayangonj.

AFTAB FISHERIES is very much in rudimentary stages of development . It has at present 25 acres of water area and plans to develop a water area of 200 acres in near future. It products are marketed in Dhaka through its own sales center.

AFTAB AGRICULTURE involves some highly prospective land areas in Bajitpur, Kuliarchar. ABFL working with Chinese company for introducing hybrid rice seeds in Bangladesh.

6.2.1 SWOT Analysis of Aftab

  • A concern of one of the biggest group of Bangladesh.
  • Presents of strong distributors
  • Big capacity feed mill
  • Big hatchery.
  • Parent stock.
  • Grand parent stock.
  • Sufficient number of employees.
  • Better access to capital
  • Most experienced
  • Very well known brand name.


  • Maintaining chicks quality
  • Maintaining feed quality.
  • Less number of distributors
  • Lack of consistency in the marketing.
  • Absences of challenging management


  • To sell more chicks.
  • Sell grand parents
  • Sell hatching eggs to small hatchery
  • Go for dressed meat marketing
  • Go for egg marketing.
  • Feed for large animal
  • Fish feed


  • Bird flu
  • Entrance of multinational companies in the poultry industry
  • Strong competition from local companies.


 6.3 Nourish

This farm is one of the biggest farms of Bangladesh. They want to maintain a good quality product and to be in a competitive position in the industry. They always try to offer a competitive good quality product in comparison with the market leaders. As well as maintains the competitive quality breed and technology with response to its market leaders. DOC Broiler, DOC Layer, Feed mill for self-consumption and sales. DOC Broiler, DOC Layer, Feed mill for self-consumption and sales. Nourish started its business with a hatchery and soon they establish the feed mill. Due to their good will for chicks quality, they capture a good share of feed market very fast. Nourish is one of the fasted growing company in the poultry sector. But its growth is now stalled in position due new investment and less effort in the marketing.

6.3.1 SWOT Analysis of Nourish


  • Good brand image
  • Good quality.
  • Minimum fluctuation of rate
  • Good demand for distributorship
  • Big capacity feed mill
  • Parent stock
  • Sufficient number of employees.
  • Good quality breed

  • Production is poor
  • Maintaining chicks quality
  • Less number of distributors
  • Lack good marketing
  • Less number of chicks

  • To sell more chicks.
  • To increase feed market share.
  • Go for egg marketing.
  • Feed for large animal
  • Fish feed

  • Bird flu
  • Entrance of multinational companies in the poultry industry
  • Strong competition from local companies.


6.4 Paragon Poultry

Paragon Poultry Limited (PPL), a private limited company, is one of the largest integrated poultry farms engaged in the production of day old commercial chicks, table eggs, and poultry feed. PPL started its journey in 1993 with its commercial layer operation at Gazipur. Over the past 9 years, it has expanded its operation into production of day old chicks and poultry feed. PPL has been the pioneer in introducing state of the art technology and advanced know how in poultry farming and hatching industry in Bangladesh. PPL has also been one of the leading poultry feed manufacturers in Bangladesh. It has been successful in establishing its brand name in the market by maintaining a rapid market growth and gaining buyer confidence. As Paragon understands and believes the endless effort should be continued to keep the highest standard and the leading position in the market.

6.4.1 SWOT Analysis of Paragon 


  • Mr. Moshiur Rahman is the chairman of the poultry breeder association
  • Presents of strong distributors
  • Big capacity feed mill
  • Big hatchery.
  • Parent stock.
  • Grand parent stock.
  • Sufficient number of employees.
  • Better access to capital



  • Maintaining chicks quality
  • Maintaining feed quality.
  • Less number of distributors
  • Image of medium class feed quality.

  • To sell more chicks.
  • Sell grand parents
  • Sell hatching eggs to small hatchery
  • Go for dressed meat marketing
  • Go for egg marketing.
  • Feed for large animal
  • Fish feed

  • Bird flu
  • Entrance of multinational companies in the poultry industry
  • Strong competition from local companies.


6.5 ACI Godrej

Godrej is a pioneer in the packaged meat business in India. It is also the market leader in the poultry industry, and the owner of ‘Real Good’ brand. ACI and Godrej have a joint venture in Bangladesh to set up an Integrated Poultry Project. Under this project, ACI Godrej Agrovet has already set up a feed mill at Sirajganj. This is fully automatic pellet poultry and fisheries feed mill, which uses technology from Jiangsu Muyang group of China. The company has also set up a hatchery at Joynabazar, on the Dhaka Mymensingh road, with technology from Godrej. The plans for this project also include establishing Grand Parents and Parent Stock breeding farms. The investment in the project is Taka 8 crores, with ACI Limited having 50% shareholding of the company.

6.5.1 SWOT Analysis


  • Godrej is the market leader in Indian poultry market.
  • ACI is one the prominent company in Bangladesh.
  • Big capacity feed mill
  • Parent stock.
  • Sufficient number of employees.
  • Better access to capital
  • Well known brand name.

  • Less number of distributors
  • Less number of chicks’ production.
  • New in the market.
  • Start business without a hatchery.

  • To sell more chicks.
  • Increase Market share of feed

  • Bird flu
  • Entrance of multinational companies in the poultry industry
  • Strong competition from local companies.


6.6 New hope

New Hope” one of China’s biggest animal feed producers already producing finished feed in Bangladesh. New Hope began production at its newly-built feed mill in Gazipur earlier this year and has the capacity to become the biggest in Bangladesh. New Hope has already invested $5.0 m in Bangladesh and is sole owner of the new 30 tonne/hour (t/hr) capacity plant. New Hope Feed Mill Bangladesh is a subsidiary of New Hope Group. The New hope Feed Mill is now producing and selling poultry feeds under its New Hope” brand.

New Hope has entered the Bangladesh market at a difficult time, facing double trouble from the 16-month long outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza and high input costs that are stopping some producers from re-starting business.

 6.6.1 SWOT Analysis


  • New Hope is the market leader in China.
  • Big capacity feed mill.
  • Better access to capital.

  • No Hatchery.
  • New brand name in Bangladesh
  • High establishment cost.



  • To sell chicks.
  • Feed for large animal
  • Fish feed
  • Increase feed sales

  • Bird flu
  • Entrance of multinational companies in the poultry industry
  • Strong competition from local companies.


7. Poultry Industry & Blend of Marketing Variables

The production of poultry, like any other production, cannot make any sense, until and unless they are made available to the target customers in the right time, at the right place, with the right price. Here comes the matter of marketing which makes all these possible. Among all other aspects of marketing, this present study concentrates on the distribution of poultry products in DhakaCity with particular importance on the marketing cost and profit of the channel members. The term “poultry” implies a wide variety of birds and species, but here, for the study purpose, its limit the term “poultry” to mean commercially- produced broilers and farm-produced eggs.

7.1 Productions and Product

Producers / Production Procedures: Satarkul area of Badda is used visiting poultry farms. There are more than 10/12 farms with huge area. Three firms are visited and talked with the producers or owner of the farm. The broiler producing procedure is being illustrated. Two-day older chickens are collected by the production house or farm of boilers and layers. After then these are kept in a place of a certain temperature. Boilers are hold in this place for two weeks and layers are hold here for (18) eighteen weeks. The normal farmers of chicken and egg producers cannot breed chicken from eggs. They need to depend on hatchery. The small farmers buy chickens and feeds from there, after C.P etc. are renounced hatchery owners in Bangladesh. The boiler farmers normally sell the chickens after 40 days and the weight of those is about 1.5 kg. After passing first 18 weeks, the layer chickens lay eggs. They keep the chickens for 80 weeks. And these are sold then when every chicken weight three or more kg. The farmer who produces 2000 boilers can earn 1 lakh taka per month and layer producers can earn 2, 20,000 taka for the same case by selling eggs. The main production cost of farmers is for feedings, gas, electricity, labor cost, land rent, plant maintenance, other machinery equipments, chemicals etc.



These are collected from the hatchery to make the chicken older for selling the broilers in market. Farmers taking care these chickens for 30 or 40 days in the bed.


Exhibit: Two days older Chickens


To grow the broiler the farmer needs to take huge care for the broilers. A comfortable living space is very much necessary for the broilers. The broiler chickens normally grow in bed. The position, width, length, height, ceiling, floor, door of the house where the broilers live should be appropriate and scientific to produce chickens.

Exhibit: A Normal Scenario of Broiler Farm

A standard measurement for broilers according to time (age), heat of the room, weight, ventilation, and living space size is given.


Density of Broilers

Temperature of House


(Per Chick / Per Minute )



Living Space Per Broiler (Square Feet)








Bellow 1












































Picture:  Thirty Five Days Older Broiler (Weight- 1.4 kg)

It is very much important for the farmers to select the strong and disease free chicken. Because, good chicken (one day older) can ensure nice production of broilers. Here the present demand for poultry feed of our country is provide. The necessity of feed for 2007 can be assumed from the statistics. 

Present demand for poultry feed (MT):







Layer feed (MT)




Broiler feed (,,)




Cockerel feed (,,)




Total feed required (MT)




Industrial feed (MT)




Industrial feed usage












Source: Particulars Year 1995 2000 2005

The Layer chickens are grown for eggs production is very much sensitive in environment. The red layer laid red (brown) eggs and white fathered layer laid white eggs. But there is no difference between these red and white eggs in nutrition value. Eighty Weeks Older Layers would be sold out in the market as meat.

Exhibit: Layer Chicken for Eggs only

An entertaining matter is the people of Bangladesh prefer brown eggs rather white eggs. But the people of USA like the white eggs very much. The preference depends on the cultural thinking process nothing another reason.

7.2 Price of Eggs and Chicks

As the eggs and chickens are very much essential in our daily life, the price of these products is determined according to the market demand. The people of the country have enough purchasing power to buy chickens and eggs for their families.

Retail Price in Dhaka City: In June 16, 2007 it has get some retrial price from different market of Dhaka city.

Price of Chicken (Broiler):

Markets of Dhaka

Price/ kg

Karwan Bazar

95 tk

Jatrabari Bazar

90 tk

Badda Bazar

100 tk

Malibag Bazar

95 tk

Average Retail Price of Chicken/ kg = (95+90+100+95)/ 4 = 95 tk

Price of Eggs:

Markets of Dhaka

Price/ 100 Pieces

Karwan Bazar

390 tk

Jatrabari Bazar

400 tk

Badda Bazar

395 tk

Malibag Bazar

410 tk

Average Retail Price of Eggs/ 100 Pieces = (390+400+395+410)/ 4

                                                                   = 398.75

The price of the poultry product is moderate high and this is not a problem for farmer or intermediaries to get reasonable profit from the market. But if more production is possible then the price will be low for the consumer. In the early months of 2007 the price was decreased for the threat of Bird Flu.

7.2.1 Price spread for Broilers

For the convenience of study the data only collected from DhakaCity only to understand the pricing system running in the broiler market. Here it is assumed there are two members between poultry farmer and consumer, they are wholesalers and retailers. This pricing is around the real market price. We see wholesalers receive 10.53% of selling price and retailer receive 6.91% of selling price as profit. Broiler producers take around 20% profit of selling price and they contribute a lot to produce broilers. Farmers have financial risk and uncertainty of reasonable profit. The following provide us a general look about the broiler price at present time

Particulars                                                                  Amount (TK.)% of Amount
Consumers purchase price95.00100.00
Wholesalers Purchase price:                          70.0073.68%
Cost incurred by the wholesalers—
1) Weight loss & mortality: 1.10
2) Rent & labor: 0.94
3) Transportation: 0.92
4) Feeding & case: 0.64
5) Tools & others: 0.57


Wholesalers profit10.0010.53%
Retailers purchase price :84.1788.60%
Cost incurred by the retailers–
1)   Feeding & case: 1.30
2)   Weight loss & mortality: 1.20
3)   Rent & labor: 0.76
4)   Tools & others: 0.64
5)   Transportation: 0.46


Retailers Profit6.566.91%
Retailer’s selling price                          orConsumers purchase price:95.00100%
Channel: Wholesalers         Retailers           Consumers
Source: Field Survey (Data Collection Time- 16/ 06/ 2007)

7.2.2 Price Spread for Farm Eggs

Few years before, it was 36tk for a dozen but in June, 2007 consumer needs to pay 48tk per dozen. The price is increasing very much frequently because of increasing cost of feeds, materials and other production materials. The intermediaries also take more profit now the time. The Layer farmer need to give feed to the each layer chicken about 1tk. More vaccination cost needs to make the chicken safe. In the given price information we see about 15% profit of final price has been taken by the retailers. The wholesaler takes 5.24% of the selling profit as profit.

Particulars                                                                  Amount (TK.)% of Amount
Consumers purchase price400.00100%
Wholesalers Purchase price:                          275.0068.75%
Cost incurred by the wholesalers—
1) Weight loss & damage: 4.76
2) Rent & labor: 2.86
3) Transportation: 1.78
4) Feeding & case: 1.44
5) Tools & others: 0.86


Wholesalers profit20.985.24%
Retailers purchase price :330.0088.60%
Cost incurred by the retailers–
1)   Feeding & case: 2.02
2)   Weight loss & damage: 1.17
3)   Rent & labor: 0.42
4)   Tools & others: 0.37
5)   Transportation: 0.29


Retailers Profit56.1214.03%
Retailer’s selling price                          orConsumers purchase price:400.00100%
 Channel: Wholesalers         Retailers           Consumers
 Source: Field Survey (Data Collection Time- 16/ 06/ 2007)

 The intermediaries cost for feeding & case, weight loss & damage of chickens, transportation, tools, rent & labor. The retailer as well as the wholesaler needs to occupy these costs which take approximately 20% of final price.

Real Life Example: To better understand the Marketing cost and Profit margin for Different Intermediaries we can see the AFBL’s costs of Broilers and Farm eggs. This is measured in the late 2006 by AFBL.


Broilers  (per Kg)

Farm-eggs (100 pcs)

Cost (TK)

Profit (TK)

Cost (TK)

Profit (TK)




2) Aratdars \ Wholesalers





3) Retailer





Exhibit: Marketing Cost and Profit for Different Intermediaries 

7.3 Distribution System

There is no selective distribution system in selling poultry products. The retailers purchase eggs or chickens from previous intermediaries and sell in the final consumers. The transportation is very much simple. But a restricted form of distribution is observed in the initial stage between hatchery owners and poultry farmers in this industry.

Exhibit: Common Scenario of Poultry Transportation

7.3.1 Current Poultry Product flows of Bangladesh

There are many parties involved in the poultry production to marketing activities. The village poultry reapers collect day old chicks from chick reapers. The village poultry reapers also need the help of other party for vaccination and medicine supply. The community poultry workers (CPW) help the poultry farmers by providing the information and economic leverage.

Exhibit: Current Poultry Product flows of Bangladesh 

7.3.2 General Distribution Channels of Poultry Industry 

It is very difficult to identify the all things of marketing and distribution of the whole industry about poultry. So it will be discussed about the possible distribution channels of broilers and eggs.  There distribution channel of poultry are as usual. There are two type of distribution channel are observed for poultry product. One is the distribution channel for broiler and another is distribution channel for eggs. Here some terms should define. Broiler farms are those farms that produce eggs or broilers. Institutional buyers are the organization which serves the product to its clients. Such as school canteen, universities cafeteria, hotels, motels, restaurant etc.  Wholesalers and retailers are middlemen of the channels. Suppliers fulfill the demand of institutional buyers. And consumers are who purchase poultry product for their own consumption.  These all are literature review.

Exhibit: Broiler Marketing Channels

The price varied from the farm gate to the retail shop in large scale. One can buy hundred eggs from Shaver by 280tk but if he/she comes in Dhaka city then he/she has to pay about 400tk for this. For that reason the instructional buyers purchase from Layer farmers. The normal individual consumers depend on the wholesaler and retailer. So the price differs huge from the initial price by 30 or more percent.  Institutional buyer relies on suppliers to get necessary supply. And some layer farmers cannot fulfill one institutional buyer’s demand. In the poultry sector the distributors specially takes a huge amount of profit. But they keep the products just for few days. Retailers and wholesalers are very much helpful to make the poultry product available all over the country. So we never support to eliminate the intermediaries from the poultry product distribution channel. But the intermediaries should have prohibited taking high profit because of their less risk talking tendency and low time involvement. Distribution is easy in poultry and it is very much essential to send the broiler in the consumer in time. Because, keeping cost of more day expense unnecessarily.  And eggs are also perishable so that it should be marketed as early as possible. For these reasons market distribution system should be fast and forceful to gain a profitable poultry industry.

Exhibit: Egg Marketing Channels

7.3.3 Channels of Distribution of Broilers & Eggs in Dhaka City

As many as six channels, from one tier to three tiers, for the distributing of broilers and five channels for eggs have been identified in Dhaka city markets. Distribution channels of broiler consist of layer farms, wholesalers, suppliers, retailers, and institutional buyers. Suppliers are those who have no permanent shops of their own but distribute goods mainly to the institutional buyers with their own transport vehicles after purchasing from the wholesalers or broiler farmers. Institutional buyers which include hotels, fast food shops, department stores, and other residential halls and hostels in Dhaka city area, obtain their supply of broilers and egg either from the farmers. Aratdars/wholesalers, retailers are the suppliers. But in case of eggs a radars are the prime source of supply to distribute them in Dhaka city markets through wholesalers, retailers, suppliers or institutional buyers like general stores, department stores or other one-stop shopping centers in Dhaka city. Dressed broilers are mainly distributed through the channels consisting of Farmers, institutional buyers, and Consumers.

7.3.4 Sources of Supply of Broilers and Eggs

The major sources of supply of broilers in Dhaka city are the surrounding districts like Gazipur, Savar, Narayangonj, Norsingdi, Munsigonj, and Kishorgonj. Among these, Savar, Gazipur and Norsingdi are the largest sources of supply. It is also found that some small farmers of Dhaka city supply broilers in the city market.

7.4 Promotional Activities

Promotional Situation: If is talked about the promotion activities then there is few effort are exist in the Bangladeshi market. Because of, no branding is developed about the eggs and few branding in chicken (but not any promotional activities) in our country. And you see the poultry feedings and seed chickens have huge branding activities but if you talk about the promotion on there then you will see no promotional activities without personnel selling. We expect for the near future promotional activities will be observed in poultry sector largely. And there may be chance of branding of chicken and eggs as well. Branding of dressed chicken has already been introduced in Bangladesh. But Internet ads are seen in web sites by foreign large poultry farms. is the best way to the largest poultry market of Bangladesh. Through this site our poultry entrepreneurs and technologists will get a chance to interact with national or international counterpart colleagues engaged in poultry related business, development, education and research.

The marketing blend works in the poultry industry of Bangladesh like this way. There is no product differentiation of different farms. Small scale production from small farmers and price determined according to market demand and supply. The distribution system is very much mass targeted and there is no promotional effort as to say.  It may expect that there will be an enormous change in poultry industry of Bangladesh within few years.

8. Poultry Industry & Its Prospects

8.1 Domestic Demand of Poultry Product

Bangladesh is a large market of poultry product because of its population. We need to produce more poultry to serve our domestic demand. To prove the high domestic demand there are some statistics can be shown.

Requirement & availability of meat & eggs:




Meat (all type) 43.8 kg(120gmday)4.57 kg(12.51gm/day) 39.23 kg(107.49 gm/day) 


Eggs104  (2/wk)25 (0.486/wk) 79 (1.51/wk) 



Average consumption is much lower then other countries in our country. So we can say we have huge demand of chickens and eggs. The poultry farmers can produce more broilers and eggs to satisfy the present demand insight the country.

Comparative price of chicken meat & beef (Tk./kg) Last 7 years’ price (Tk/kg) trend of dressed Chicken meat and Beef: The following chart shows us the comparative price between chicken meat and beef. Before 2003 the price of chicken was higher than the price of beef. In 2007 we see the price per kg beef is 180tk and the price of chicken meat per kg is 95tk. So meat of chicken has huge demand.

Growth of commercial poultry in Bangladesh: We have no statistics of 2006 about the growth of commercial poultry in our country. But it is possible to estimate about the raising trend of layer and broiler chicken.










In Thousands









Day old chickper year








Day old chickper week
















Day old chickper year








Day old chickper week








Exhibit: Growth of commercial poultry in Bangladesh

Poultry is an emerging and important sector that has been contributing progressively to our economy for the past decade. Poultry is one of the fastest growing and most promising industries with the brightest of futures for our country. Poultry sector are playing a very vital role in the reduction of poverty, malnutrition and unemployment problems of our country. Poultry farming is important because relatively cost effective investment. The house wives can create a small poultry farm insight their home. And this can support additional income for their families. And small amount of loan can be received from government. We can develop the poultry as small industry as well as large industry in our country. Family poultry production can help in malnutrition to the members. One can be self-employed and create employment for others through poultry production.  So there is a large prospect of poultry industry and supporting sectors in Bangladesh. 

8.2 Exporting Prospect of Poultry Product

Consumption of meat in developing countries grew by 70 MMT (Million Metric Tons) from 26 MMT in developed countries. So it is an opportunity to export poultry products out side the country. Bangladesh stays beside India, Nepal, China, Japan those are large emerging market for poultry. Now it is the appropriate time to capture the big market. Another thing is that the neighboring countries are not so much alert to the poultry specific quality (certain nutritional value in defined percentage). So we should go for mass production and try to export outside the country. In the meantime we can develop the basic quality of poultry products. The prepared food can also export in the foreign country. Dressed chicken is the most essential food item in the European countries. We could supply this in Middle East as profitable operation in international market. It is not impossible for the part of Bangladesh.

There is a lot of opportunities to sell poultry product specially meat in the foreign countries and earn a lot of foreign exchange. The poultry industry has the power to earn money from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, and countries of Middle East. We may export dressed chicken, fresh meat, or prepared food by chicken. There may be some chance to export day’s older chicken and developed quality eggs for breed day older chicken. So we should provide effort to export poultry in foreign countries as early as possible.

9. Problems in the poultry industry

9.1 Bird Flue- Great Threat for Poultry Industry

9.1.1 Characterization of Avian influenza

Avian influenza (bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic (virus). Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks. Avian influenza virus spreads in the air and in manure and there is no evidence that the virus can survive in well cooked meat.

9.1.2 Poultry industry vulnerable to Avian Influenza

Bangladesh’s poultry industry is highly vulnerable to Avian Influenza virus, dreaded bird flu, due to its geographical location and dependence on chicken imports. It is a dangerous threat for the poultry industry of the whole world. But Bangladesh is affected by bard flu and the proper authority should take proper action to take away it and the consumer will be well informed about the disease. Already Bangladesh government refused all type of import from the foreign country.    Since some 20 per cent people of the country depend on poultry industry and they need appropriate preventive measures against Avian Influenza that can be transmitted to human body. The Avian Influenza, which broke out in 10 Asian countries last year, totally shaking their economies; Bangladesh is also fall into the holocaust this year. After all, a standard guideline for this industry is needed and appropriate support to the industry may save huge amounts of foreign exchange and it may pave the way of earning money by export as export started. If we fail to protect the bird flu threat from the country as early as possible, there may a chance to destroy the industry from Bangladesh. Now we should try to reduce the amount of misplace.

9.1.3 Bird Flu Enters into Bangladesh

The dreaded Avian Influenza virus, better known as ‘bird flu’ has been detected at the Biman poultry farm complex at Savar on the outskirts of the capital. The virus that has claimed many lives and played disaster with poultry industry in some countries of Asia and Europe was also detected in neighboring India and Myanmar only recently. So, despite all the defensive measures, its entry could not be stopped finally.
The authorities concerned have reportedly taken a few emergency steps to stop spread of the disease and advised the people not to be panicked by the disease and continue consuming cooked poultry meat and boiled or fried eggs as usual. Fortunately, until now the disease has not been detected among the poultry birds in other parts of the country. The authorities, meanwhile, have culled more than 35000 poultry birds within a couple of days. Besides, decision has been taken to destroy all poultry birds within one kilometer radius of the Biman poultry farm at Savar. The members of the armed forces have cordoned the risk zone to stop any attempt to smuggle out poultry birds from there. When Avian flu appeared in a pandemic form in China and some other Southeast Asian countries about a couple of years back, Bangladesh with the active help from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) started taking precautionary measures and formed a national task force on bird flu in 2005. Besides, an action plan, styled, National Avian Influenza and Human Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan, Bangladesh 2006-2008, is in place to combat the disease in line with the FAO and WHO guidelines. Under the guidelines, the members of the taskforce have restricted movement of humans and animals near the bird flu affected areas. The health related safety and security of the people involved in the operations of the poultry firms is always a concern, for, contrary to the claims of the government about adequate safety measures against the Avian flu, they do not give much importance to the problem. The authorities can cull poultry birds and restrict movement of humans and animals in the affected areas but they can hardly change the habit of workers handling poultry birds carelessly. So, the element of health risk is very much real in the bird-flu infected areas. What is more important is the possible negative effect on the country’s Tk 50 billion poultry industry which has been doing fairly well with the necessary supports from the government, notwithstanding the fact that the consumers are yet to get any price-relief out of the duty rebates given on poultry-sector related imports. In spite of the assurances from the authorities the sector might go through a turbulent time because of the detection of Avian Influenza virus in poultry birds that can be easily transmitted to humans. But much would depend on the government’s ability to stop the spread of the disease in poultry birds of other areas of the country. The news about anyone being afflicted with the virus might stir panic among the population and play confusion with the poultry industry in particular.

Exhibit: The government worker destroying bird-flu infected chicken

9.1.4 Poultry Vaccination as a Strategy for Controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks. There is no treatment of avian flu till now. But flu can be controlled by vaccination. The central veterinary organization can ensure the proper action for vaccination program.

Exhibit: Vaccination Cream of Flu

9.1.5 How Avian Flu Spread Out

Avian flu spreads out through chickens, ducks, doves, foxes, or wild birds. The symptoms of the disease depend on virus and carrier birds. The virus of this disease can be spread out by different ways.

To bring new birds which are affected insight the farm

To the human beings (employees, brokers, buyers or relatives) enters in the farm with the avian flu germ

Wild animals specially birds can enter in the farm area and can affect the poultry

From the market place or the away of transportation  of poultry

Food purchased from dealers can carry the germ of flu

Infected died chickens which are eaten by dogs

Infected chicken’s dust can be the cause of avian influenza

If any poultry products or animals are gone to the fresh farm or area where flu is not observed, can be a reason of avian influenza

We can show the ways of affecting the bird flu by two types. One is direct way and another is indirect way of affecting bird flu.  In direct way the farm is affected by its domestic birds or wild birds. Human beings or vehicle can be affecting indirect way.

Exhibit: Ways of Affecting Bird Flu

9.1.6 What Should We Do to Go Away from Avian Flu

Avian Flu can destroy the whole poultry industry. We have to protect our poultry from avian flu. Every parties related to the poultry has some particular duties and responsibility to get relive from the avian flu. As the flu has already flown in some towns and cities of Bangladesh, we should try to protect the rest territories from the avian flu. The related parties of poultry industry are consumers, distributors, farmers, Government and NGOs etc. Every party should do their own activities to get out from danger of avian flu. The farmer should ensure natural security for the chickens. Natural security means the keep chickens free from germs and other hazards. Actually it is an easy concept. The natural security is just an effort to keep the farm neat and clean. This will help the farm keep out not only from avian flu but also other diseases. So to ensure the natural security is very important. There is no certain time like summer or winter for avian flu. It can affect the farms any time. Even this disease can observe if there is no where it began. When any area besides the farm are breaking out the avian flu, the chance of flu become increasing. The flu may be flown through human beings or birds or any type of animals.

9.1.7 Principle Policies or Rules to Save the Farms

Three rules should be following to save the farms. These are simple to say but broad in meaning. That are-

Principle- 1: To keep the farms’ chicken well

To keep the chicken well means free from germs. In the terms of poultry we should give sufficient clean water and food. Necessary housing of the chicken is another requirement for keeping farm well. Provide proper medicine in time and vaccination. If the chicken does not in good condition then the chicken may fall in diseases or the production eggs and meat may decrease.

Principle- 2: To keep the chicken in a safe environment

It is really difficult for small scale production to keep the chicken of farm in a safe environment. Because maintaining natural security becomes impossible for small farm.  So the farmers can follow some rules. Poultry should keep in a locked room.
The get together between hens and cooks should be controlled by time and need. The farm should be free from other birds. Especially the farm should not establish in bills areas. Different types of birds like winter guest birds, ducks and other national birds may cause for avian flu. But many of the farms establish in the bills area in Bangladesh. We see the saver is full of cannels and bills and attract of avian flu started from that place.

Exhibit: Poultry Farm in Bill Area is Risky to Flu

If any affected chicken can be identified then the chicken should be keep out from the disease free chicken. The farm keepers should be got them free from germs before entering into farm.

Principle- 3: To keep the entrees of farm in control

The materials coming from affected area can harm to a safe farm. The entrees of neighbor or visitors entree should be prohibited. The distributors are kept away from the farm environment. Even the family members who come from outside should ban to entry without cleanness.

9.1.8 Wide-ranging Maintenance of Poultry Farm

The doctor or the vaccine provider who has come from other farms can carry the germ of avian flu. New day old chicken can bring the avian flu. The chicken are brought in market for selling are backed could be a cause of flu. Dogs and cats which are moving insight the farm can carry the flu. And we see in the exhibit that the motor vans or carriers of poultry product may be the possible cause of flu. To purchase of natural fertilizer from affected farm can carry the flu. Very often this maintenance may be difficult for poultry farmers but if they want to ensure their profit then these are needed to do. The farmers need to change their previous habit. Every time it should be remember that the flu can be flown by the farmer himself or outsiders. The feedings of the poultry should be kept in a secure place away from the living home.                Use soap and other chemical to protect the clothing clean and germ free. The farmer may use different shoe for entering in the farm. Germ killer should spree at least two times per week. The farm can delay to farm poultry in the time of breaking out avian influenza. The weak chicken should keep in different place from the strong chicken. It should not wise decision to keep the newly purchased chicken with older one. It is difficult to the part of farmers to identify the flu by the farmers. But two things can make clear about the virus of avian flu.  Firstly, unexpected death within 24 hours of strong chicken may be the cause of avian flu in an affected territory. Secondly, it is seen that the average death of poultry is more than 5% of the farm.

9.1.9 Dead Poultry and the Farmers Responsibility

If farmer saw the cause of death of the chicken may be avian influenza the farmer must inform the proper authority. Don’t try to sell the flu infected poultry in the market. Don’t through the dead chicken into the river or pond. The dead chicken should be packed and tomb in the ground by making a hole. And the informed district poultry officer will visit the farm and kill the chicken as need to save the others. The killed chicken will packed and route in the previous way. Another way to route the dead poultry is burnt by fire. But it can pollute the environment. After cleaning all the materials used by the infected chicken the farmers can farm new chicken after 3 weeks. Avian influenza can be controlled if the information can get at the right time as far as possible. This is now reality to maintain the farm with the threat of flu.

In summing up the chapter it can say avian influenza or flu which can enter in human body as bird flu is very much dangerous of the poultry industry all over the world. But if we follow the rules of avian flu protection then this can reduce our loss.

9.2  Sidr: Another Hit in the Poultry industry

Cyclone punctures Bangladesh poultry industry

Bangladesh’s livestock sector has suffered losses of around 3 billion taka (€29 m, US$43 m) in the recent cyclone Sidr (November 2007)

According to the Department of Livestock Services, over 2.2 million poultry were killed in 4 badly affected districts in the coastal area, and a total of 27 million poultry were affected in the devastating cyclone in 12 southern and southwestern districts.

Additionally, it is also feared that a huge number of poultry are feared to have died due to various post-cyclone infectious diseases.

As part of long-term measures, the livestock department has said that it will develop infrastructure for poultry farms.

The fierce cyclone hit Bangladesh’s southern and southwestern coastal areas in mid-November, leaving over 3000 dead and millions affected in 30 out of the country’s 64 districts.

 (A preliminary estimate puts the total loss from the cyclone at €1.5 b (US$2.31 b), including rural infrastructure, schools, crops and livestock.)

9.3 Poultry disease

Disease is defined as a departure from health, and includes any condition that impairs normal body functions. Disease results from a combination of indirect causes that reduce resistance or predispose an animal to catching a disease, as well as the direct causes that produce the disease (Damerow, 1994). Direct causes can be divided into two main categories, infectious and non-infectious. Some of the non-infectious conditions may result in reduced immune response (e.g. problems with nutrition), or increased contact with infectious organisms (e.g. poor housing and management), and will lead to increased incidences of infectious diseases.

Disease as a Cause of Mortality in Poultry

The low productivity in traditional systems is mainly due to high mortality, which is caused by mismanagement, diseases, lack of nutritional feeding and predators. In traditional systems the mortality has been estimated to be in the range of 80 – 90% within the first year after hatching (Permin and Hansen, 1998). In most family poultry flocks, disease is an important problem. Diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of diseases are of major importance to any attempts at increasing productivity. In commercial production systems chickens are therefore routinely vaccinated against major diseases such as Newcastle Disease, Mareks Disease, Infectious bronchitis, Avian Influenza and others, depending on the specific situations and recommendations in each country.

However, it must also be stressed that disease may not be the highest cause of mortality. A study found that in parts if India predation may be a more important cause of mortality than disease. In such situations, it may be more important to first tackle the problem of predation than spend too many resources on disease prevention. Once predation pressures are reduced, then disease prevention will be more important.

Another cause of reduced productivity is the quality of hatching eggs, which may result in only small numbers of eggs hatching. The same research project in India (research project R7633) found that productivity was increased by introduction of simple techniques such as candling.

Predators may be the dominant cause of mortality in poultry

9.3.1 Important Diseases of Poultry

Poultry diseases can be divided into five groups, namely those caused by bacteria, by viruses, by fungal infections, by parasites, and those resulting from nutritional deficiency. To this list should also be added problems caused by or made worse as result of, poor housing and management and by stress.( The tables below are adapted from Permin and Bisgaard (1999), who summarised those diseases that were most likely to cause problems under free range or village (scavenging) conditions)

15.3.1 Bacterial Diseases

Important bacterial diseases in free range poultry and the
age group where the disease is most often observed

DiseaseAge group
Escherichia coliAll ages, but mainly chicks
Salmonella spp.All ages, but mainly chicks
Salmonella pullorumChicks < 3 weeks
Salmonella gallinarumGrowers, adults
Pasteurella multocidaGrowers, adults
Haemophilus paragallinarum (Coryza)Growers, adults
Clostridium perfringensAll ages, but mainly growers
Mycobacterium aviumAdults
Mycoplasma gallisepticumAll ages
Mycoplasma synoviaeAll ages

Viral Diseases

Important viral diseases in free range poultry
and the age group where the disease is most often observed

DiseaseAge group
Marek’s disease *> 6 weeks
Leukosis *Adults
Newcastle diseaseMainly growers and adults
Fowl PoxAll ages
Infectious LaryngotracheitisGrowers, adults
Infectious Bursal Disease *
< 8 weeks
Avian FluAll ages

*immunosuppressive disease

Fungal Diseases 

Important fungal diseases in free range poultry
and the age group where the disease is most often observed

Disease Age group
Mycotoxicoses, including:

  • Aflatoxicosis
  • Fusariotoxicosis
  • Ochratoxicosis
All ages

Parasitic Diseases

(including Protozoan Diseases)

Important parasitic diseases in free range poultry

and the age group where the disease is most often observed

Disease Age group
CoccidiosisChicks, growers, (adults)
Histomoniasis1-3 months
NematodesAll ages
HaemoparasitesChicks, growers
EctoparasitesChicks, growers

9.4 Economic affect of Disease:

DiseaseMortalityEconomic affect
Bird flu100%Total loss
New castle30%- 80%Cost of Mortality, vaccination, anti-bacterial medicine. Reduction in egg production
Gamboro/IBD10%-50%Cost of Mortality, vaccination, anti-bacterial medicine
Salmonella5%-10%Reduction in egg production, continuous mortality
Coccidiosis5%-10%Hamper growth, Bad F.C.R, cost of Medicine
Mycoplasma (cold)No or low mortalityHamper growth, reduce egg production, huge cost of medicine
Marek’s diseaseMore than 50%Loss of mortality, huge reduction in egg production
Most other diseasesLess mortalityHamper egg production and growth. Incur handsome medicine cost.

9.5 Management-related Problems

Important management related problems in free range poultry include:

  • Nutritional problems
  • Stress
  • Heat stress
  • Cannibalism and feather picking
  • Injury
  • Poorly designed poultry houses
  • Poisoning
  • Rodents

Nutritional Problems

Birds that are fed an adequate diet made up from a good commercial feed are unlikely to suffer from nutritional problems unless there are additional factors involved, such as diseases that result in diarrhoea or otherwise interfering with the digestive system.

Village, backyard or scavenging poultry on the other hand are subject to the availability of food in their normal environment, which may or may not be deficient in vitamins, minerals or other important dietary component. Using good quality ready feed can reduce nutritional problems. By purchasing cheap feed farmer provide mal-nutrition to the chicken and loss production.


Any form of stress may result in a disease outbreak, or diseases in individual birds, as a result of a disease causing organism that is not normally a problem. Any disease will also result in stress, and may therefore increase the potential for other diseases. Stress may result in the immune system not being able to cope with the disease challenge. Common forms of stress in commercial poultry systems include:

Heat stress (any extremities in temperature, both hot and cold).
Overcrowding, perhaps due to poorly designed housing or inadequate facilities. Fighting for space at a feeder or drinker will result in injury, and in reduced growth or productivity. Overcrowding increases the exposure of disease causing organisms and often increases the opportunity for the growth and spread of these organisms.
Moving, e.g. from a hatchery to farm or from one building to another.
Vaccination. Negative reactions from some vaccines may occur up to 10 days after inoculation.
Temporary or longer term, shortages in feed or water.
Changes in feeds or feeding methods, or changes to a daily routine.
Poor nutrition. Inadequate diets may result in deficiency diseases and general lowering of resistance to infection.
Parasites (both external and internal). They weaken the bird and provide additional opportunities for the introduction of other disease causing organisms.
Physical disturbances such as excessive noise or other unnecessary activity.
  • Heat Stress

A condition caused by high temperatures, especially associated with high humidity and low air speed. Symptoms include: Panting, legs and wings outstretched, increased thirst, reduced feed consumption, and reduced egg production.

Birds regulate their body temperature by controlling heat loss through their skin and feather cover, and through evaporation by panting. A mature chicken starts panting when temperatures reach about 29 or 30°C, with chicks being affected at higher temperatures. Panting causes a chicken to exhale large quantities of carbon dioxide and this increases the pH of the blood. This causes physiological changes that result in stress, and chickens may stop eating, lay fewer and smaller eggs (with thinner shells). Young birds may stop growing.

Increased air circulation in poultry housing is important, and the provision of adequate shade from the sun is vital. Provide extra water supplies, and make sure that the water is clean.

Cold may also be a serious problem, particularly for chickens.

Poorly designed poultry houses

Even freely ranging, scavenging poultry require safe secure roosting areas, and nesting areas, as well as suitable shelter from the elements. More intensive production systems require all this, with greater attention given to the precise requirements of the birds.

Cannibalism and feather picking

Cannibalism is a problem that is particularly associated with large poultry flocks where birds kept in close confinement peck at each other. This can produce significant mortality in the flock when injury results. It will also cause a decrease in egg production as the hen-pecked birds become stressed.

Some chickens are more likely to engage in cannibalism than others. The problem has a range of causes, which are summarized by Damerow (1994), and include:

  • Heat without adequate ventilation.
  • Nests and nesting areas not dark enough.
  • Crowding, and high densities of birds in areas where they are unable to get away from each other.
  • Boredom or lack of exercise (this is more likely in cage birds than in free range birds).
  • Feed and water troughs too few or too close together (crowding at the feeding stations).
  • Feed that is too high in calories and too low in fibre (they quickly satisfy their nutritional needs and get bored).
  • Feed that is deficient in nutrients may result in the birds becoming irritated which can subsequently lead to cannibalism. This is likely to be in the protein levels or an imbalance of sodium.
  • External parasites may cause a chicken to pull out its own feathers, and draw blood. This may attract other birds to peck at the area.
  • Injury or bleeding from other causes.


Injuries, when left untreated, are likely to result in infections. Injuries to the birds therefore need to be avoided, and good management practices coupled with well designed housing is an important preventative measure. Overcrowding will commonly lead to aggression between birds – with a high probability of injuries to one or both birds. Similarly, a lack of space at feeders and drinkers will also lead to aggression and injury.

Overcrowding will also lead to stress, and stress can lead poultry to “pick” at one another – eventually resulting in cannibalism (see above).

Free range, scavenging and backyard poultry are much less likely to suffer from problems of overcrowding than intensively reared broilers or layers. However, poultry housing still needs to be constructed to to provide a good environment for the birds – both while roosting at night and when nesting and egg laying. Poorly constructed housing may result in stress and injury.


Poisoning should not be a problem with chickens, but common sense needs to be used in keeping the birds away from pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, and also from treated seed intended for planting. Other than accidental poisoning with such chemicals, the most likely cause of poisoning is probably from mycotoxins produced by fungi or moulds growing in feed.


Rodents are attracted to poultry houses by the availability of feed, in feeders or spilled on the ground, as well as by the availability of water and by protection and shelter. Rodents can spread diseases, for example through droppings left in feed troughs. Rodents can be a particular problem where there is a raised floor that provides a dark and protected space offering nesting sites. Quite apart from the risk of disease, a rodent problem represents a financial loss through wasted feed.

Chickens are natural predators and will catch and eat smaller mice, but the more agile species and the larger species (e.g. rats) are not controlled by chickens and where there are problems, rodent control measures will be required.

10. Findings about Poultry Industry

Consumer Survey: This paper surveyed on about one hundred people and has taken much information from the customers who buy eggs and meat for their family. The given findings are discussed bellow by question gradually.

  1. Here 80% people prefer the layer eggs and 20% people for local eggs but local isn’t available for that they are bound to buy the layer eggs.
  2. About 40% prefer local chicken, 30% like Broiler and 10% like layer and rest of the respondents like both broiler and local chicken.
  3. People are anxious about price of eggs. Here maximum consumer said price is too high and some said medium because of the market condition and no one admit about the low price.
  4. Comments are as similar as the price of meat.
  5. The market get 60% people said eggs and chicken are available but price is high and on the other hand 40% people said not available.
  6. It is observer that 50% people have much more confidence about nutrition but 40% people said about on nutrition because of feeding schedule.
  7. Maximum respondent said not for taste but broilers are available, on the other hand maximum preferred the local chicken.
  8. The result of survey shows that 60% buy more than one kg/s and 35% buy one to three kg/s and 10% buy less than one kg/s.
  9. 10% purchase more than 100 eggs and 30% buy 50 to 100 eggs and rest of the respondent buy less than 50.
  10. Maximum people like dressed chicken because to save the time.

Producers Survey: Family poultry keeping is very popular in our country. About 90% households have domestic poultry (i.e. chickens, ducks, pigeons, etc.). The number of commercial poultry producers is increasing day by day in Bangladesh. The given findings are discussed bellow by question gradually.

    1. Around 70% farmers are broiler farmer. After the bird flu attack the number of layer farmer reduced drastically.
    2. Most of the broiler farmers rear 500-1000 bird. Bigger than 5000 bird farm is rear. On the contrary most of the layer farmer rear 2000 bird. Farms with more than 10000 birds are often found.
    3. Near about 90% of the broiler farmers prefer ready feed due to its ease of use.
    4. Layer farmers are still fond of home mix feed, popularly known as loose feed. Layer farmers are more cost conscious and they prefer to make their own feed but lots of layer farmers especially small layer farmers prefer ready feed.
    5. Of the ready feed user most of the broiler farmer prefer pellet feed. Where as most of the layer farmer use mash feed. A few layer farmer use pellet feed at early stage of the bird.
    6. To make choice among the three categories responded seems to be confused. All the responded says they prefer quality over any other things but expect the product to be cheap also. No body seems to ready to accept credit as a selector but truth is credit facilities plays an vital role in their selection of product.
    7. Almost 100% farmers recognize CP.
    8. Farmers think CP product is very good but expensive

10.1 Feed price (Raw materials)

  • Feed price sky rocketing
    • Due to increase in the raw material price, the ready feed price increasing day by day and going beyond the means of the farmers.
  • Unstable raw  materials price
    • For last six month the price the raw materials like corn, soybean, meat and bone mill etc. found really unstable. Prices were unpredictable. When in September 2008 India imposed bar on export of corn, the price of raw materials seems to increase very sharply.
  • Limited source
    • Bangladesh is heavily depended on India for feed raw materials. It is easy and cheap and also the quality is good for India. Other places like Thailand, Australia, and USA are good source of raw materials but the carrying cost is much higher than India.
  • Insufficient production
    • Bangladeshi farmers are increasing their corn production. More and more farmers are starting to produce corn in a regular basis. But still the production quantity is not far less than demand. Recently C.P also started to sales Corn seed in the seed market. And inspiring the farmer to produce more corn.

 10.2 Chick’s price

  • Unstable: Very much unstable. Last six month the market sees a total flip the price table. Because of the bird flu rumor the company suffered a huge loss as the farmer discontinue farmer for a while. The price of the D.O.C decline less than an egg price. But with in six month as soon as the bird flu fear withered the price of D.O.C soar up to taka 50. The farmers had to buy the chicks more than 50 tk as the demand was much higher than the production. The farmers are very sensitive to the market price of the ready broiler. Most of the farmer follow the high price in the market and intend to rear chicks. As lots of farmer flock together, the demand increase sharply surpassing the production capacity of the companies and the price increase sharply. When the market price falls down the demand for DOC also falls down and as the companies can not store the live DOC they have to sell the chicks with two days. So they have to reduce price and take other selling techniques to clear the hatchery.

10.3 Egg price

  • High demand: The attacks of bird flu destroy a lot of layer farms creating opportunity for the remaining layer farmers. After the attack of bird the farmer stop purchasing new flock of layer chick fearing loss from the disease and the culling program of the government. This fear of loss creates a vacuum in the production of eggs, creating lack of supply of egg in the market. Before the attack in 2007 the market has a stable price of egg ranging from 14-18 tk per four pieces (hali).   Where as last month the price of egg become 28 tk. the price seems to be stable for a long two months as there is a high demand and supply seems to be increasing day by day.


Poultry industry is rising but not a satisfactory way. There are many problems exist in the industry. We have to solve all of the problems to raise the sector which contributes a lot to our GDP. In this study, it is tried to find out the problems face farmers and give the possible suggestion of the problems.

11.1 Avian Influenza or Avian Flu in Poultry Industry

In poultry industry of Bangladesh faces the great problem of avian flu now. If we fail to get relive from the avail flu then that may destroy the whole industry. We have to save the poultry farms from avian flu as well as protect the industry from further affect of avian flu. It is a dangerous threat for the poultry industry of the whole world. The proper authority should take proper action to protect it and the consumer will be well informed about the disease. Already Bangladesh government refused all type of import from the foreign country.   

11.2 Syndicate of Hatchery Owners and Intermediaries

The unethical alliance of dealers, distributors and hatchery owners make the poultry farmer affected by the profit. The alliance makes the high initial cost of production. And about 15% to 20 % reduced price is provided for the farmer. The affect can be shown bellow. There are few hatcheries in our country. They are only effort able to produce quality day older chicken and quality food. But they charge a lot for the day older chickens. Very often it is needed to order in advance before one year from the time to deliver the day old chicken with full payment. Other then some additional conditions are added to the selling offer of day older chicken. Feed would be purchased from the hatchery owner. The hatchery owners take 20 to 25 tk for a day older broiler chicken and 30 to 35 tk for a layer chicken. This is really a huge amount. For that reason the marginal poultry farmers often fail to get profit accordingly. In the same way the distributors and regional intermediaries such wholesalers and retailers make unauthorized alliance to increase price by creating presser to the small poultry farmers and making artificial crisis. About 50% of selling price is taken by both hatchery owner and intermediaries. The marginal farmers get comparatively less profit by recovering the production costs of broiler chicken or eggs. So this unauthorized alliance affect badly in the poultry products market. The local administration can break the alliance to save the root level farmers. And price of the day older chickens should be determined by the public rules.

Exhibit: Syndicate of Hatchery Owners and Intermediaries

11.3 Insufficient Loan and Barrier to Raise

Despite having tremendous potentials, country’s poultry industry has hardly flourished yet as a lucrative sector due to lack of institutional loan facility under easy conditions. Due to collateral provision for getting institutional loans the growth of the sector is thwarted. Though there is a provision to provide bank loan at 10 per cent interest through four nationalized commercialized banks to 14 thrust industries including poultry, the farm owners are not enjoying the facility. The amount of loan is insufficient and interest rate in high. At the same time, conditions of getting loan are not good enough. The farmers who have small farm can easily broaden the farm by receiving loan. The existing farm owner should be given loan in easy condition. Because, these farmers have skills and experiences for continuing new poultry farms.

11.4 Difficulty in Price Setting

Industry owners are deprived of getting fair price of eggs as a vested quarter is manipulating the prices. Price of inputs of poultry industry has increased but poultry prices have not raised compared to expenditure. The grass root level farmers get less profit for this reason. The farmer should provide the opportunity to recover the cost.

Bird flu rumor creates a big problem in the price setting. Such rumor should be control by the government and the media should play a significant role to clear the misconception about the threat.

11.5 Price Fluctuation Crisis

Production cost of egg is higher as 80 per cent of the poultry feed have to be imported from abroad but the egg price have been fluctuating between Tk 13 and Tk 16 over the last five years leading to cost-benefit mismatch. The majority of farms were established in 1995 and the average age of commercial farms was found to be more than six years. Establishment cost of broiler farms was lower compared to layer farms. And the early months of 2007 the price has been decrease for the danger of bird flu. For the cause of price fluctuation the farmers cannot estimate the profit and costs before. So there may some chance of loss. Government can reduce the price fluctuation crisis by fixing the price of feedings and medicines required for poultry.

The farmers have a tendency to purchase chicks when the market price of big broiler price is very high. As almost all the farmer think alike they create an excessive demand for the DOC and increase the price. This nature of business should be changed. The farmer should see the business as a all the year round business. Without targeting for profit in single batch, they should consider a collect profit of all the batch of the year. With this strategy farmer will help the company to predict the demand and stabilize the price and demand.

11.6 Poultry Disease Prevention and Control Situation

Both broiler and layer are very much disease sensitive. The farmer needs to protect the chickens from any types of germ. If one of the chickens of the farm falls in disease the other chicken may be affected. We need modern disease diagnosis laboratory. We saw in the time of Avian Flu diagnosis, we needed to go abroad to find out the germ. It took a lot of time. Government can take initiative to build up several modern diagnosis laboratories. There are 12 private laboratories in our country but not well capable to diagnosis the actual problem. In prevention of bird flu government, private sector & NGOs are taking very fruitful steps. It is very much sound to get avian flu out from Bangladesh

C P provides technical support for it customers with D.V.M. It organizes various seminars on the recent important topics to alert the farmer. It also trains its dealers with technical knowledge so that they can help their customer as they have the direct contact the farmer. It provides news letters to alert it customers ahead of seasonal problems.

11.7 Policy and Regulatory Issues

There is no abstract policy on poultry industry. But for the farmers and intermediaries should follow a single regulatory policy to give uncertainty away from the market. Tax policy should be liberal like ready made garment industry. Then we can expect a nice industry which will export poultry product in the foreign country. 

11.8 Low Productivity, No Database on Production

The farms run by the scientific way produce high quality and quantity of broilers and eggs. But many of the farms rarely follow the actual rule of farming. Want of developed day old chickens damage to produce the quality broilers and layers. So the chickens of low productivity require high cost as well as low profit. We should take action for the cause of increasing productivity. First-rate day old chicken is obvious for ensuring the high productivity at first. Another think is the lack of database on production. In Bangladesh there is no statistics for poultry production. For that reason it is quite difficult to estimate the demand of poultry product (eggs or meat) in Bangladesh. The hatchery owners also fall in predicament to produce feeds and day older chickens. Immediately we need to occupy a full database system to collect each type of information related to poultry industry.


11.9 Infrastructure- Training Facilities & Diagnosis Facilities

The backward and forward linkage of poultry industry is not very much supporting of the poultry industry. The infrastructure of poultry consists of roads and transportation system, electricity, communication system, sufficient training facilities, adequate diagnosis facilities, availability of poultry production equipment (feedings, water tanks, vaccination, medicine, lighting materials etc.) and we can say loan facility is another very much important things of poultry infrastructure.   These are not available in our country side. The towns and cities are able to get about all the facilities but in the village there are few facilities of those. To increase the poultry production from the village we have to ensure proper roads and vehicles to transport eggs and broilers in the place where the proper demand exists. Electricity supply is very much essential for poultry production. The communication becomes improved for greater telecommuting system but the exact information should be supplied. And training is the most vital things for poultry production. There are many efforts are seen in our country but more scientific method of training is essential. At the same way diagnosis facilities and loan are essential.

11.10 Many Intermediaries in Marketing Channel

Many intermediaries are involved in the poultry marketing channel. For this reason the price of eggs and meat become higher. We should take initiative to eliminate the unnecessary middlemen from the poultry marketing channel. It can help to low the price as well as ensure the equilibrium situation of demand and supply. The existing channel members are hatchery owner, day old chicken’s distributors, feeding’s suppliers, actual farmers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers. We have to try to reduce the number of channel members as far as possible to create a balanced market.

11.11 Bio-Security and Disease Prevention Concern

To build up a prosperous poultry industry in Bangladesh we need to develop bio-security and disease prevention system. The vigorous poultry industry should be secure from disease and capacity to adopt with the Bangladeshi environment. Some developed class of chicken should be grown in state of unproductive class. The feedings are producing in very horrific way. It would be very harmful to public health if animal waste was widely used as raw material for poultry feed without being treated by the proper technology. But the allegations continue to be made by various sources have been going on for several years. Tannery waste, along with dried fish dust and bone, is used to feed young broiler and layer chickens. The problem stems primarily from the fact that poultry feed producers are not always using the scientific methods and not going by the health and hygiene standards. In the given picture we see the women are preparing poultry feeds by using tannery waste. Poultry is a fast growing sector which contributes significantly to the economy. So the proper authority should take action against the unhygienic way of feed production. 

11.12 Overseas Operation of Poultry Supplies

The imported medicine, vaccination, and other technological knowledge are very essential for poultry. The machine of dressed chicken used to cut into the chicken in different peaces. Another things is important also exporting the poultry product specially meat in the foreign countries. Government will take initiative to make a sound exporting policy for the betterment of poultry product exporting. There is a great matter that we need not import any poultry feedings from abroad. Now we may export feedings in our out side countries. Bangladesh imports 3.5 to 4.0 million pieces of one-day-old broiler-breeder chickens from France, UK, Malaysia, Denmark and the Netherlands spending huge foreign currency. Soon we should get self-sufficiency to produce one-day old broiler-breeder chickens.

Concluding Remarks:

C P Bangladesh Co, LTD has started its business with a very limited resource but with lots of experience. By 2008 it has establish 4 feed mills and 3 hatchery targeting poultry industry. It has the vision to be the leader of agro-business of Bangladesh. If the bird flu may have not attacked it would invest a lot more in the industry. But C P still believes that there is a great opportunity in the poultry in Bangladesh as there is demand for poultry product and Bangladesh’s economy is growing confidently.