Bird flu scare sends mutton prices soaring | Nagpur News

Nagpur: The hen flu scare has introduced some good instances for goat farmers. Just like the poultry trade, goat rearing for meat is just not an organized sector.
Small farmers, primarily from villages in neighbouring districts of Madhya Pradesh, rear goats as a yard allied agricultural exercise and promote the animals on the markets in Nagpur.
Chicken flu has introduced down the demand for poultry meat in flip growing that for purple meat from goats. On a mean, native mutton retailers are promoting meat at Rs700 to Rs720 a kg. This is a rise of over Rs100 because the hen flu scare started final month.
Meat merchants say hen flu led to a fast enhance within the demand for meat. “Merchants of dwell animals too have elevated costs,” mentioned Mohammed Ziauddin Ansari, a dealer within the goat market at Nagpur.
Sohel Qureshi, who heads the brokers’ affiliation, mentioned butchers earn a margin of round Rs50 a kg. They’d no option to however to extend the charges after farmers hiked costs.
“Earlier, a farmer offered a dwell animal for Rs550 to 600 a kg, the costs have been elevated by Rs100, which has been handed on to the patron by butchers,” he mentioned.
Saddam Ansari, a farmer from Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh, mentioned the demand for meat on account of hen flu scare has additionally hit the provision of animals in rural areas.
“Earlier, animals might be simply introduced from villages for even 580 a kg. The charges have elevated now and it’s not simple to get sufficient animals for the market in Nagpur both,” he mentioned.
Poultry charges then again have begun to enhance slowly. Raja Dubdhade, president of Vidarbha Poultry Affiliation, mentioned charges of dwell birds have now touched Rs60 a kg. On Saturday, it was Rs55, and had touched even Rs35 to 40 earlier.
“It’s nonetheless under the break-even level. Poultry farmers must get at the least Rs80 a kg to recuperate bills. There may be sufficient demand within the lodge trade however not from households,” mentioned Dubdhade.
The attention drive by the federal government that consuming correctly cooked meat and eggs is secure has additionally helped in bringing again the demand for poultry.

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