Egg shortage looms as avian flu hits most Navapur farms | Pune News

PUNE: Egg scarcity could also be felt in cities like Pune and Mumbai within the coming days with avian influenza affecting 21 of the whole 29 layer poultry farms at Navapur in Nandurbar, prompting the authorities to plan culling of all poultry birds in 25 farms, taking the variety of complete birds culled right here to over 6 lakh.
“Of the 29 layer poultry farms in Navapur, two don’t have any birds and are closed. Two others, with about 4 lakh poultry birds, are unaffected. Of the remaining 25 layer poultry farms, 21 had been earlier affected with avian influenza whereas eight instances from the 4 remaining items had been despatched for fowl flu checks not too long ago. Nevertheless, even when a few of them are adverse, birds within the remaining 4 farms might be culled to interrupt the chain of an infection. About 50,000 remaining birds are anticipated to be culled by Sunday,” Maharashtra’s animal husbandry commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh advised TOI on Saturday.

Egg and poultry companies in Maharashtra stated farm gate costs of eggs had already risen and lack is perhaps skilled in pockets like Pune and Mumbai within the coming days.
Prasanna Pedgaonkar, the final supervisor at Venkateshwara Hatcheries, stated, “Navapur has a strategic location and used to cater to components of Gujarat, Nashik, Dhule and Mumbai. All these areas, which earlier used to depend upon Navapur, at the moment are relying on different areas for his or her egg provides. This mismatch is prone to put extra strain on sure egg producing areas, thus, hitting egg provides. Manufacturing of eggs has already been on the decrease aspect since Covid-19 struck final 12 months.”
Pedgaonkar stated the trade anticipated a pointy rise in eggs and broiler costs in the course of the subsequent few days because of this.
Maharashtra Poultry Farmers and Breeders Affiliation president Vasanth Kumar C Shetty stated, “As a result of fowl flu scare, consumption of eggs and hen had dropped. Nevertheless, it’s now coming again to regular and all India farm gate egg costs, together with Maharashtra, have shot up from the sooner Rs 3.50 per egg to Rs 4.65 per egg now. When costs fell to Rs 3.50 per egg, many farmers bought off their birds pondering that the state of affairs could not enhance, which has additional impacted state’s egg manufacturing.”

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