Bird flu impact: Chicken prices still low in Maharashtra, though consumption back to normal

Greater than a month since Maharashtra reported its first case of hen flu, hen costs proceed to be low, though consumption ranges, the trade says, is again to regular. That is largely due to farmers resorting to misery gross sales to clear their stock.

This comes at a time when the trade usually stories higher costs, because of elevated consumption in winter. This December, the typical farm gate costs (the worth at which farmers promote their market prepared 2-2.5 kg birds) was Rs 81 per kg, which dipped to Rs 60/kg in January. Costs proceed to stay low in February at Rs 56/per kg.

In January, consumption had dropped as folks averted poultry meat and eggs over hen flu fears, though correctly cooked meat and eggs are fully protected. After that extreme dip, consumption has picked up in Maharashtra, however costs proceed to be low. “We hope that costs will begin rising after a fortnight or so as soon as the surplus placement of inventory – attributable to farmers attempting to dump earlier than costs dip additional – is exhausted,” a supply mentioned.

The primary case of hen flu was reported in Maharashtra on January 8, when some poultry birds in Parbhani examined constructive for the virus. This was the primary time the state had reported the virus since 2006. Maharashtra had been the epicentre of the first-ever hen flu incident within the nation, when egg-producing birds in Navapur taluka of Nandurbar district had reported the virus. Since then, the state had remained comparatively free from incidents of the virus. Nevertheless, in January, Maharashtra joined the listing of 10 states that reported the illness of their avian inhabitants.

Until date, Maharashtra has reported culling of seven.12 lakh birds, and destruction of 26.03 lakh eggs and 72,974 kg of poultry feed. As many as 5.74 lakh birds have been culled in Navapur taluka alone. The state authorities has distributed compensation price Rs 338.13 lakh.

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The hen flu disaster comes at a time when the trade is nearly recovering from the drastic losses it suffered a yr again in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfounded rumours had linked the unfold of the illness with the consumption of poultry meat and eggs, which had seen consumption dip and a $-5 billion loss to the trade nationally.

On common, India stories consumption of 1.30 crore birds and 30 crore eggs every day.

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