NECC for Halt to Duty-free Chicken Leg Import from US

Poultry associations feel the move will leave the lives of 5 million people jeopardised

Published: 07th August 2014 08:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2014 08:26 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: In the wake of the external affairs ministry suggesting free import of American chicken legs, the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) on Wednesday appealed to the Union government to rollback its decision.

The government is learnt to have come up with the proposal in return of the US government allowing shipments of Indian Basmati rice, fruits among other immigration reforms.

Representatives of the NECC, Poultry Breeders’ Association, Telangana and AP Poultry Federations, at a press conference on Wednesday, demanded the Centre not to reduce Customs Duty on the import of processed poultry products from the USA, especially chicken legs.

“It is extremely unfair to sacrifice the livelihood of over five million farmers and other persons dependant on the poultry industry in order to promote the export of other commodities,” G Ranjith Reddy of the Poultry Breeders’ Association said.

In USA, consumers prefer chicken breast which is sold at a premium price in their domestic market. “The legs are merely a by-product. The whole chicken is sold at $7.9 per kg where as the legs are sold at $3.4 per kg,” he added.

CSE Study Not True

D Sudhakar of the Poultry Federation of Telangana rubbished claims of the Centre for Science and Environment that poultry farmers in India are resorting to large-scale use of antibiotics as incorrect.

“The CSE claims to have found traces of antibiotics in chicken but have not told people what is the permissible level as per international standards. Going by European standards, the traces are way below the permissible levels and consumers need not worry,” he added.

It may be recalled that the CSE, based on its study on the presence of antibiotics in chicken, had found residues and observed that the phenomenon could lead to consumers developing resistance to antibiotics and fall prey to a host of curable ailments.

Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp