Monday, April 26, 2010

Current Status of Emu Farming in Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, Emu Farming is scattered around North-Western parts and in and around Madurai. There are other farms smaller in size, across Tamil Nadu. You can find atleast 20 big farms are in Tamil Nadu, which comprises of more than 70% of the Emu Population of the state.

The Main purpose of these farms are selling Chicks to Locals and selling bulk to Andhra Pradesh and beyond. There is no real end use for this Emus at present, except few (big) farmers already tried out selling Meat to the local market and processing Fat in their backyard and selling them as Emu Oil to local stores. Meats end up as Briyani and most of them do like it well, whereas Oil brought more bad name than profit. Because Oil was not processed properly and lost their medicinal values during the preparation, hence, it didn't perform as expected.

There is a emu research unit in Pudukkottai. Its called Emu Research Centre, sponsored by Animal Husbandary Department of Tamil Nadu. This Centre has a Emu Incubator and 10 pairs of Adult Emu birds. They are conducting Training for farmers regularly and they have released a book in Tamil on Emu Farming, as well. This research centre is trying its best to educate farmers, but in general, the mood of the department is unsure of the market for Emu. They worried too much if they would misdirect people, since they have already burned their fingers in Rabbit Farming.

Since selling Chicks was the main focus of these big farms, the market has really moved away to farther places like Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Chandigarh, MP, etc. The cost of transportation is getting higher, hence, net realization for the chicks goes lower for Tamil Nadu Farmers. So, there is a tight situation now, as the farmers are having excess chicks in their hand. The is not an isolated case, but most of the farmers faces this problem now.

It leads to formation of central association in Tamil Nadu, called, Tamil Nadu Emu Farmers Association (TANEFA). The Association has just formed to find ways to keep, sustain and grow the Emu Farming industry in Tamil Nadu. We need to wait and see whether this association really helps small emu farmers to sell their birds at a reasonable profit or will this association help only to the big farmers? Let's see.

I observed a emu business model, which is outstanding and successful. There are few farms already doing this very successfully. I will explain this in the next post.

2 comments:

Anil said...

hello every one,
emu farming is not Recognized by the indian government as it is done to the poultry farming. untill now every one are just selling chicks in to the market to survive and make money. (big emu farmers). this emu farming is bought up by some private Business people who had surplus cash and stamina to withstand to any Consequences. slowly it has gone to even middle class farmer dreaming of future profits.

as i know this year there is 50% fall in chick sale all over. coming to meat most of the people who eat emu meat are saying just ok, and not ready to eat again. and for oil which they are selling is not even 70% pure. it is just a pain Reliever for 2 to 3 days only and you has to go on buying oil and using it.

and next thing is that recently a telugu news channel aired about emu farming with a Proffeser from agriculture university. every thing went on well and at the end of the programe they said that every emu farmer(big or small) has to work in unity and seek the help of the government for the up liftment of this farming.

every one are saying that NABARD is giving 50% refinance facility to farmers is this emu farming. THEY HAD STOPPED THIS FROM 31-3-2010.
WHY????????????????? I HAD SEND 4 EMAILS TO NABARD REGARDING CLARIFICATION ON THIS. BUT THERE IS NO REPLY AT ALL................

THE ABOVE MATTTER IS GIVEN ON MY PERSONAL RESEARCH DONE BY ME. THERE IS NO INTERST TO HURT ANY ONE DOING THIS FARMING. I PERSONALLY GONE THROUGH SO MANY UPS AND DOWNS TO START THIS EMU FARMING BUT NOT YET STARTED…..

IF ANY BODY HAVE A BETTER IDIEA PLEASE SUGEST ME

Regards
Anil.

emufarming.blogspot.com said...

Hi Anil,

I understand you are frustrated.

You have invested your time and efforts so far, because you have assumed this industry has potential to become a big business. Your intuition is right, but the timing is not just right.

Any new entrepreneur will easily get frustrated, since they are not accustomed to setbacks in their projects, which is part and parcel of any project.

I will blog a relevant post soon, please keep following this blog.