These days, the input price of livestock and poultry feed in the market is more than four times the government-approved rate, and producers are very worried about this issue. They consider the main problem to be the weakness of the input distribution system, and since there is no transparency in the way input is distributed from top to bottom, ie from the Central Bank to the Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture, we are concerned about corruption and rent in this input.
An Isfahani poultry farmer said: “While the real producer remains in supply, some state-owned companies receive 2,000 tons of input per week.”
Isfahani poultry farmer Saeed Mashayekhi said: “Only 30% of the required poultry feed is received through government distribution and the rest has to be bought from the open market at multiple prices.”
Meanwhile, the officials of the Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture say: all importers of inputs have been obliged to register their imported product in the market (poultry feed distribution system of the Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture) in order to be distributed legally.
Saying that 70% of the required inputs are purchased from the open market, Mashayekhi said: “How can the Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture require importers to register the amount of imported inputs in the market but the free market is still more prosperous.” Where do these free market inputs come from?
Mashayekhi said: while the government approved price of corn is 1500 Tomans, it is sold in the market for 4200 Tomans. Soy, which has been approved for 3700 Tomans, has reached 14 thousand and 500 Tomans in the market. Factories also sell the approved rate of 3500 Tomans for 7200 Tomans.
“The severe weakness in the input distribution process has caused ranchers and poultry farmers to produce their products at a higher cost, and this has become a nuisance,” he said, noting that the pathology of who the free market should be. Product prices are rising in the market and the government expects producers to lower prices.
He added: “Other issues have caused such problems in the market, including the fact that late last year, poultry farmers were forced to take 150 million chickens, and this increased the consumption of inputs and caused the prices to Intensity go up.
Poultry farmers’ problems still persist. The Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture claims that it has launched the second type of market system and has eliminated the weaknesses of the previous system, but in reality, the complaints of poultry farmers still continue. Input production and distribution managers should pay more attention to the corruption holes in the distribution and eliminate the existing flaws with full transparency.