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More Meat-Loving Indians Mean Chicken-Feed Imports Are Surging

  • Corn purchases may climb to as much as 1 million tons: Suguna
  • Production likely to be much lower than government estimates
Rows of chickens feed at a farm in Ranga Reddy district, Telangana, India.

Rows of chickens feed at a farm in Ranga Reddy district, Telangana, India.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

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India’s growing affluence is seeing its population turn more carnivorous, leading the country with the world’s highest number of vegetarians to import more corn for chicken feed than ever before.

Corn purchases by Asia’s second-biggest grower are set to climb to a record 1 million tons in the year starting in November, said Jaison John, general manager for procurement at Suguna Foods Pvt., a top poultry producer in India. Most supplies are likely to come from Myanmar and Ukraine, he said.