Call made for feed grain suppliers to lower prices

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Call made for feed grain suppliers to lower prices

Feed manufacturers and feed grain suppliers have been asked to lower their prices now that some of the factors affecting the cost of importation have been reduced.

The call was issued by Avinash Singh, Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.

Speaking in the Senate on Tuesday, Singh said: “Forage is made available to farmers without cost. Information is disseminated to farmers on alternative feed sources to meet the nutritional requirement of animals, including information on silage and feed making, using a greater percentage of local forage.

He was responding to a question from Opposition Senator Wade Mark, about what measures government was putting in place to relieve farmers and consumers given that animal feed prices had been increased three times in recent months.

Singh continued: “the agriculture ministry continues to subsidise the price of seed material, one of those mainly being our local corn varieties, which many farmers are appreciative to buy at a very highly subsidised price, and plant to ensure their forage and nutritional feed stock is maintained.”

“The feed grain importers and producers, now that the shipping freights and all of these other inputs seem to be coming down, the grain price is still at its highest, so that we can only, and I join with Senator Mark in calling on the feed manufacturers and the grain suppliers to allow for good sense to prevail and price their goods accordingly.”

He said the government cannot tell feed suppliers or millers what price to sell their products at, but urged local farmers to shop around.

“You can control what price you pay in terms of where you shop and I implore you, apart from shopping for alternative feed supplies, the manufactured feed, utilise the natural feed we have in the form of forage, your corn stalks, your para grass, your bull grass.”

Singh said the government has also put incentives in place to assist farmers who wanted to make their own feed.