Members of the Poultry Breeders Association of Andhra Pradesh, India, said they are facing an increased bird mortality rate due to increasing temperatures, reported India’s Food and Beverage News .
Farmers have resorted to using water sprinklers and fans to combat temperatures, which reached 107.6 F in May. The resulting high electricity bills contribute to decreasing profits.
Hatcheries have reportedly suffered a loss of about 11 cents per bird per month on broiler parents and 2 cents on commercial layers.
The Indian poultry industry said it's preparing to renew its demand to recognize it as part of the agriculture sector and for an extension of the power subsidy, according to the report.