India's broiler meat production is expected to gain 450,000 metric tons over 2011 numbers to reach a record 3.2 million metric tons in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, carrying on a trend that has seen production rise 30 percent in the last four years. Production also increased 10 percent from 2010 to 2011, to 2.9 million metric tons.
“India's broiler production is revised upwards to a record figure based on a robust domestic demand fuelled by an expanding middle class and changing tastes and preferences together with the emergence of vertically integrated poultry producers that support increasing production,” said the USDA. Domestic consumption was 2.8 metric tons in 2011 and is likely to reach 3.1 metric tons in 2012, according to reports.
Egg production has also increased, to 26.66 million eggs per day in 2010–2011 from just 9.8 million eggs per day in 2000–2001, according to the National Egg Coordination Committee. Table-egg demand is expected to continue growing at a rate of 5 percent to 7 percent.