Though many people continue to consume poultry products, mutton sales have gone up to over 40%.The animal husbandry department has, however, denied any outbreak of bird flu in Bhopal’s poultry farms yet, on average, the poultry industry in Bhopal continues to incur huge losses as the sales of eggs and chicken have gone down by almost 50%.
Though many people continue to consume poultry products, mutton sales have gone up to over 40%. The animal husbandry department has, however, denied any outbreak of bird flu in Bhopal’s poultry farms yet, on average, the poultry industry in Bhopal continues to incur huge losses as the sales of eggs and chicken have gone down by almost 50%.
In most of the places, including Bhopal, only crows were found infected by the flu, said Dr RK Rokde, director of MP’s animal husbandry department.
Even otherwise, Dr Rokde said, “There is no harm in consumption of chicken and eggs if they are cooked at 70 degrees Celsius.” He said that a total 4,000 chickens were culled in Jhabua, Neemuch, Mandsaur, and Harda, among other places. Only in one small farm in Jhabua, the chicken were found infected with the flu. In all other cases, including Harda and Mandsaur, the backyard chickens were found infected.
But people are panicky. For the last 15 days, poultry sales have collapsed. Even the demand of Kadaknath, the black poultry, has also gone down in Bhopal drastically.
Poultry dealers of Bhopal are concerned about the “rising losses”. From Rs 100 per kg, the chicken was sold at a rate of Rs 70 to Rs 80 a kg in the wholesale market in Bhopal while the sale declined to almost 50%, said Inamurehman, a poultry farm owner in the city. However, retailers still sell at a rate of around Rs 120 a kg.
Rajendra Singh, a poultry farm owner and office-bearer of the city unit of the National Eggs Coordination Committee, said, “It is extremely incorrect to link the bird flu with consumption of eggs and chicken.” Due to the bird flu scare, a large number of non-vegetarians have switched over to mutton which is sold at a rate of Rs 600-Rs 650/kg in Bhopal.
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