Poultry farmers complain of local corn shortage


Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture expects a corn surplus this year as the ministry anticipates grain production will reach 23 million tonnes. However, poultry farmers, especially layer farmers who use home-mixed feed, complain that supply of local corn is scarce. “If the government claims there will be a surplus, there must be problems with distribution,” said Tri Hardiyanto, Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Indonesian Chicken Organisations Association.

Meanwhile, Ki Musbar, Chairman of the National Layer Farmers Forum, said competition with feed millers should also be taken into account. “We have to compete with feed millers to get local corn after the government banned corn imports.” He urged the government to improve the post-harvest sector if they want to make local corn available for farmers and feedmillers.


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