News last update:6 Aug 2012

Farmers in Fiji unhappy with corn prices

Poultry farmers in the province Naitasiri, Fiji have called the recent increase in chicken feed pricse as unwarranted and unfair. They have asked the Interim Government to look into the matter urgently.

Farmers said they are forced to close their poultry farms if the feed price remains high and they are not happy with the explanation given by Crest Chicken Limited, buyer of the chickens. Crest Chicken officials told the farmers that the increase was because of the increase in wheat price in Australia.

High prices

Starter feed, which cost $21.38 for 25-kilograms has risen to $23.79, grower feed now costs $24.24 instead of $20.18 for a 25-kg bag. The finisher feed, which used to cost $20.25, is now $22.78 for a 25-kg bag.According to Abdul Gani, poultry farmer at Muaniweni, Crest Chicken only raise the price of chickens they buy from us by only one cent. This is way to little according to the Fiji poultry farmers.

Goodman Fielder International (Fiji) Limited, which owns Crest Fiji Limited, declined to comment.

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