India’s largest poultry company, Suguna Poultry Farm Ltd, today inaugurated its first Environment-Controlled (EC) commercial broiler sheds at Erumalampatti village, Pannikundu, Thirumangalam in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.

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SUGUNA POULTRY INAUGURATES FIRST ENVIRONMENTALLY CONTROLLED SHED IN MADURAI

Madurai, 11th September 2008
India’s largest poultry company, Suguna Poultry Farm Ltd, today inaugurated its first Environment-Controlled (EC) commercial broiler sheds at Erumalampatti village, Pannikundu, Thirumangalam in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.

Suguna’s Environmentally Controlled Shed

Suguna Poultry has inaugurated its state-of-the-art EC sheds in Madurai to grow its broiler chicken the same way it is done in developed countries. This is the first technologically advanced shed of its kind in India with a capacity of 32,000 chickens per shed, with the farm capacity of approximately 2 lakh chickens per batch. Annual capacity of the sheds is approximately 12 lakh birds.

How does the Environmentally Controlled system work?

The EC system works by fans creating low pressure in the shed and air being circulated to all areas within the shed through a system of multiple small vents (mini-vents) located in the shed walls. Cooling is further assisted by a high pressure system of spray nozzles that create a fine mist and lower temperatures through evaporative cooling. Since the spray nozzle cooling system operates at 1000 psi, the water is atomized to a fine vapour that that does not wet the floors in the sheds.

The whole system is automated through the advanced climate control system. Also apart from having a temperature and humidity control function the spray system can be used to introduce approved levels of disinfectant to counter disease or to assist-in the task of shed cleaning. Optimal temperatures and humidity levels are programmed into the system and it maintains the levels 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, the entire feeding systems and the watering systems are fully automated. The entire farm can be operated and controlled from a single computer-based system.

Advantages of Environmentally Controlled shed:

  • Improved feed conversion ratio
  • Better quality bird meat
  • Increased productivity and health of the chicken
  • Reduced mortality
  • One extra batch (or cycle) per year per shed
  • Fully system controlled with no manual controls
  • Records can be stored and retrieved for 5 years

At the inauguration Mr B Soundrarajan, Managing Director said, “We have always strived to maintain world class standards in all our operations. And we believe technology can be tapped to make this possible. This EC shed is one such step in using technology for better productivity, hygiene and safety.”

Suguna plans to have more such EC sheds across India.

About Suguna Poultry

Started in 1984, Suguna Poultry Farm Limited is currently India’s largest poultry enterprise with a turnover of 2030 crores in 2007-08. An internationally recognized name in the poultry business, Suguna operates in 11 states across India offering a range of poultry products and services. It has fully integrated operations covering broiler and layer farming, hatcheries, feed mills, processing plant, vaccines and exports. Suguna sells live broiler chicken, specialty eggs, frozen chicken and has set up a chain of modern retail stores selling fresh, clean and hygienically packed chicken. Its ultra-hygienic rearing methods and process systems are acknowledged worldwide. The ISO 9001 certification is further proof of Suguna's commitment to quality. “Poultry Integration” was introduced and pioneered by Suguna in the country – energizing the livelihoods of the farmers in rural India. The group has collaborated with many international companies to bring in the latest technology.

Today the company’s brand of Suguna Chicken is a household name in India. With its Suguna Daily Fressh outlets, Suguna Home Bites and Anytime processed chicken and four varieties of speciality eggs, Suguna is the undisputed leader in poultry products.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Suguna Poultry Farm Limited
Mrs Priyamvatha Deputy
General Manager - Branding
Tel: 0422-4334607 (ext 607)
Email: Priyamvatha@sugunapoultry.com

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