CHAPTER 630

FORMERLY SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

NO. 18

RELATING TO THE POULTRY INDUSTRY MARKET IN DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, the broiler production industry on the Delmarva and throughout the Country has been experiencing extremely unfavorable conditions for the past several months, particularly in the area of marketing; and

WHEREAS, the Delmarva Broiler Industry, the industry which has made Sussex County the leading broiler producing county in the Nation, has in the past been a viable industry and contributed enormously to the State's economy and more particularly that of Sussex County; and

WHEREAS, the broiler production industry last year alone produced over 330 million broilers, which represents a total dollar value in excess of 250 million dollars; and

WHEREAS, the broiler industry accounted for 56 percent of Delaware's agricultural income; and

WHEREAS, well-over 6,000 workers are employed in the broiler production industry and other related services; and

WHEREAS, one of the many factors which has disturbed the industry has been the supply of other food commodities, especially the enormous supply of meat products available with special attention directed at pork consumption; and

WHEREAS, the present cost-selling price situation of the broiler industry is partially attributed to rising costs of feed, labor and other materials and services; and

WHEREAS, the export market of poultry products represented a 12 percent increase over that of 1969; and

WHEREAS, there have been some encouraging factors concerning the broiler industry due to an increased demand in the domestic market; and

WHEREAS, preliminary estimates indicate that a new record in domestic consumption per capita was reached when the annual figure increased from 39.0 pounds in 1969 to 42.0 pounds in 1970.

NOW THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 126th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives joining therein, that the members of the General Assembly hereby encourage all state agencies, particularly the Division of Purchasing of the Department of Administrative Services, the State Board of Education, the University of Delaware, Delaware State College and Delaware Technical and Community College, that these agencies make every human effort to purchase their poultry products from the Delmarva Poultry Industry so as to enable the industry to become the viable industry it once was.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Delaware Restaurant Association and the Delaware Hotel and Motel Association and other private enterprise be encouraged to take similar action to that which the General Assembly is hereby requesting of the various State agencies and institutions of higher learning.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be made a part of the Journals of both Houses of the 126th General Assembly and that copies be forwarded to the Division of Purchasing of the Department of Administrative Services, the State Board of Education, University of Delaware, Delaware State College, Delaware Technical and Community College, Delaware Restaurant Association, Delaware Hotel and Motel Association and any other parties handling, serving or involved in poultry consumption.

Approved June 26, 1971