A survey conducted by Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) shows that the country produced 1.22 billion of eggs worth Rs 9.13 billion in 2014/15.
Findings of the Nepal Commercial Poultry Survey 2015, unveiled by CBS, on Sunday, showed that each Nepali gets 44 eggs in a year if the overall production is distributed equally to all citizens.
Similarly, the survey shows Chitwan district produces 68 percent of total eggs produced in the country annually. In 2014/15, Chitwan produced more than 810 million eggs. Makwanpur and Nawalparasi were in the second and third position, accounting for 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively, of country’s total egg production.
Commercial poultry farming began in Nepal more than four decades ago. As many as 55,871 farmers are involved in poultry farming. The survey shows that more than 47.5 million chickens are produced in the country annually of which 96.56 percent are broiler chicken. Similarly, the study also shows that 114,058 tons of chicken is consumed in the country annually.
Officials of CBS said that the findings of the survey will help the government to make plans and policies for the poultry sector. “Poultry industry is witnessing good growth. These facts will also help to increase commercial poultry farming thereby increasing possibility of exporting poultry products,” Suman Raj Aryal, director general of CBS, said.
Speaking on the occasion, Ganachandra Bista, president of Nepal Poultry Federation, welcomed the survey report and said that authentic facts and figures of the industry would help in commercialization of poultry sector.
The report has also said that majority of poultry farmers have demanded that the government introduce subsidized loan and find markets for poultry products.