TAD NewsDesk, Haryana: Poultry farmers in Haryana are facing losses following the sudden drop in chicken and egg prices. This has been the aftereffects of the bird flu after deaths of over four lakh poultry animals in the state in the last one week.
As per the poultry farmers, this week, wholesale prices of chicken have witnessed a drop of about 30% and reached around Rs 60 from around Rs 100 last month. Even the prices of eggs have dropped. As per the daily prices of the National Egg Co-Ordination Committee, the prices of eggs (100 units) have declined from Rs 558 to Rs 512 on December 2, causing huge losses to the poultry farmers in the state.
Mahinder Singh, a poultry farmer from Yamunanagar said,
“The wholesale prices on which companies purchase chicken from the farmers have declined to around Rs 40 per kg from Rs 60-95 in the past week.”
State North India Poultry Farmers Association president Lucky Lather said,
“The prices of eggs have declined from Rs 5.50 to Rs 4.30 on Thursday. Government should intervene immediately and protect the interests of poultry farmers. They should announce that there is nothing wrong in chicken and egg consumption and the reason behind death of the birds should be ascertained.”
Haryana animal husbandry and the dairy department has issued a notice on poultry and related products amid reports of suspected spread of avian influenza virus.
According to Haryana animal husbandry and dairy department, more than 15,000 deaths were reported in Barwala of Panchkula district. This has made a total of 4 lakh deaths in the last 10 days.
Officials said that they are awaiting the result of the sent samples to Bhopal.
The pandemic has hit the poultry market very badly and the prices of broiler chicken has reached an all time low of Rs 45- 50 per kg after the outbreak in March.
There is a decline of prices in the egg market too. Overall there has been a sheer decline in the prices and have reached a concerning losss in the poultry sector of the state.
Source: Hindustan Times