He said confining four hens in an A-4 space was injurious, as 32,000 hens could be confined to an 80-perch space under this method.
To house that much of hens normally will require a five-acre land, he said.
Rural economic affairs minister P. Harrison refused a request by Jayasekara to stop importing battery cages, and said the method needed to continue for at least another five years.
Kabir Hashim too, objected, noting a large number of people were making a living by rearing hens under this method.
The egg producers association alleges Kabir’s relatives are involved in battery cage farming and hence is his objections.
Economic development committee to take a decision
Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe decided the economic development committee would look into the matter and take a decision.
A battery cage is 600 feet long and 40 feet wide and has three decks.
Importation of a battery cage costs around Rs. 16,000,000.
The construction cost of a building to house the battery cage is between Rs. 7.5 million and Rs. 10 million, while another Rs. 1.5 million is needed for its installation.