Egg added to enrich school midday meal
*Presidential directive to minister
*Maximum price for poultry farmers
The government has decided to supplement the midday meal of
schoolchildren in the rural areas by the addition of an egg, with aim of
improving their nutritional level, while also providing a good price for
the eggs of the poultry farmer. The scheme came into effect from
midnight yesterday (16), Co-operative and Internal Trade Minister
Johnston Fernando said.
He explained the move would ensure an optimum price for the eggs of
the poultry farmer, beginning next week.
The minister said he was acting on a directive of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa to whom the poultry farmers expressed their gratitude for
intervening to obtain a maximum price for their eggs.
They conveyed these sentiments during a meeting the Poultry Farmers
Association had with the minister yesterday. The North Western Province
Poultry Producersí Association had requested the ministry to ensure a
fair price for their produce.
President Rajapaksa made a directive to launch a programme to provide
an egg to schoolchildren, initially in the Central Province from
yesterday, to promote the nutritional standards of the students after
Minister Fernando brought the issue of poultry farmers to the notice of
Meanwhile a ministry media release said:
The government has decided to add an egg to the midday meal supplied
to students in rural schools to uplift their nutritional standards. This
would enable poultry farmers to obtain a good price for the eggs
produced in their farms from next week, assured Co-operative and
Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando when he met a delegation of
the Wayamba Poultry Farmersí Association for discussions recently.
The release said the delegation pointed out that a breakdown in their
industry is imminent due to the sharp decrease in the price of eggs in
the market. They said the market price of an egg is Rs 5.50 to Rs 6.50
as against the production cost of Rs 7.50 per egg. They requested the
minister to intervene immediately to ensure a fair price for their
Minister Fernando said on the directives of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa they have arranged to add an egg to the midday meal supplied
to students in rural schools. This will help to overcome the excess of
eggs in the market and ensure an increased price for the poultry farmers
for their prod uce.