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IFC to Help Suguna Poultry Farms Enhance Corporate Governance and Supply Chain Management

In New Delhi
Minakshi Seth
Phone: + (91) 11 4111 1058

Chennai, October 10, 2006—International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, will make an $11 million equity investment in Suguna Poultry Farms Limited. Headquartered in Coimbatore, the company is pioneering an integrated poultry business model in India.

IFC’s project with Suguna will help the company expand its breeder farms, hatchery, and feed mill capacity as part of its growth strategy. IFC will also support the company’s supply chain management as it seeks to purchase feed directly from farmers.

Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President of IFC, who is currently visiting India, said, “IFC’s investment in Suguna will support the company’s efforts to expand and become internationally competitive, and will create economic opportunities for about 10,500 poultry farmers.”

While signing the document, B. Soundararajan, Managing Director, Suguna explained, “We see in IFC a long-term investor and a partner who will enable us to implement our growth strategy and benchmark us against poultry companies in other countries.”

“IFC’s investment in Suguna, its first in India’s poultry sector, is in line with IFC's focus on enhancing rural productivity. In addition, IFC will work with the company to help it establish corporate governance best practices,” explained Iyad Malas, IFC’s Director for South Asia.

About IFC

The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is the largest multilateral provider of financing for private enterprise in developing countries. IFC finances private sector investments, mobilizes capital in international financial markets, facilitates trade, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advice to businesses and governments. From its founding in 1956 through FY06, IFC has committed more than $56 billion of its own funds for private sector investments in the developing world and mobilized an additional $25 billion in syndications for 3,531 companies in 140 developing countries. With the support of funding from donors, it has also provided more than $1 billion in technical assistance and advisory services. For more information, visit