Bengaluru, May 22 (IANS) A day after the Karnataka government announced the second leg of a two-week long lockdown, the Karnataka Poultry Farmers and Breeders Association (KPFBA) on Saturday appealed to the state government to extend the operation of chicken retail units till 2 p.m.The Covid-induced lockdown has severely impacted chicken sales across the state, KPFBA said in a statement.The poultry farmers also expressed concern that the prolonged lockdown would not only have severe financial ramifications for providing feed to the chickens for an extended period of time but will also affect the health of the birds.The statement said that there is an urgent need to sell the birds within 40 days as the chicken meat, particularly of those below 40 days, has been proved scientifically to be the healthiest for human consumption.KPFBA president Sushanth Rai said that broiler chickens have begun piling up in poultry farms across the state due to poor off-take in view of the lockdown and to prevent the spread of Covid-19."On a daily basis, an estimated 15 lakh live chickens get ready for sale in the state at 20,000 poultry farms, where they are reared; the demand has now come down drastically due to closure of hotels and restaurants, besides cancellation of marriages and other community gatherings. "And even the retail chicken shops, where the meat is available for purchase by consumers, have a limited window period for sale -- between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. As a result of this, farmers and breeders are staring at a severe financial loss," Rai added.He said that the KPFBA had sought 'urgent help' from the state government to dispose off the 'perishable' poultry products by extending the window period for sale of chickens from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to at least till 2 p.m. every day."The production expenses incurred by the farmers include the daily feed comprising of maize, soya and other raw materials, which cost about Rs 30 crore per day in the state," Rai said in a letter to the Commissioner in the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences.--IANSnbh/sdr/bg
Patna- Bird flu or avian influenza scare is having a big impact on the poultry business in Bihar with chicken sales dipping by 50-75 per cent across the state.
Kalimudin Ansari, a chicken seller at Boring Road in Patna, said that though no confirmed case of bird flu has been reported from anywhere in the state, customers are not coming to their shops.
"Customers are apprehensive about bird flu due to news reports on digital platforms, TV channels, and newspapers. Only the known customers are coming to our shops to buy chicken," Ansari said.
Another chicken seller, Shahnawaj Alam, said: "Bird flu scare has created panic among the people. Hence, our sales have gone down by 50 to 60 percent."
Chicken sellers are feeling the heat in other districts of the state as well.
The scare of bird flu gripped Bihar after chickens and crows were found dead in Muzaffarpur and Bettiah, respectively, last week.
Rajan Sharma, a resident of Khagaul in Patna district, said: "Being a non-vegetarian, I am now preferring fish ever since bird flu cases were reported in some states. Apart from chicken, I am also avoiding mutton as both are sold together in the majority of the outlets."
"The hygiene factor is always a big issue in meat outlets in Patna. The flu could also transmit through feathers and other wastes which are generally scattered in the surroundings of roadside chicken shops," said Atul Thakur, a resident of the Nageshwar colony.
"As the majority of the outlets are operating without any license from the municipal corporation, they do not have the fear of getting penalized," Thakur added.
The state government has also alerted the administrations of all the 38 districts in Bihar to keep a tab on the developments.
"We are urging people to avoid eating half-cooked non-vegetarian food. Any meat cooked at a temperature of above 70-degree Celsius is safe as the H5N1 virus does not survive then," an official of the health department said, requesting anonymity.
"Besides, we also advised them to avoid coming in contact with chicken sellers, feathers etc. We have also asked the common people to avoid going to poultry forms to buy chickens. People should wash hands with soaps and wear gloves while buying chickens," he said.
Mumbai, Jan 11 (IANS) Sparking huge concerns, bird-flu has entered Maharashtra in a big way after test reports confirmed the deaths of several hundreds chicken and others birds due to the H5N1 Avian influenza infection commonly known as bird flu in five districts last week, officials said here on Monday.As per the report of the ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (ICAR-NIHSAD), Bhopal, samples of chicken, crows, parrots, Herons and Pond Egrets have tested positive for the virus.The spread includes among hens and Herons in Parbhani, crows in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Beed, Pond Egret and Parrots in Thane, as per the report by ICAR-NIHSAD Director V.P. Singh.Parbhani District Disaster Management Officer Pawan Khandge said that the blood samples of 800 chicken found dead in Murrumba village on Friday, were sent to the government's veterinary college here and later the reports from the ICAR-NIHSAD proved the avian influenza."The concerned district authorities are visiting the affected village for a survey and later Collector Deepak M. Mugalikar shall take the decision to declare a containment zone and other suitable precautions to prevent further spread of the bird-flu," Khandge told IANS.However, Animal Husbandry Minister Sunil Kedar said that contrary to rumours there is no ban on sale of poultry products like eggs or chicken as of now and the state government is in a state of high alert.The state health authorities held a high-level meeting of officials from different departments to assess the situation arising out of the new threat to both animals and humans amid reports of similar poultry birds' deaths from various districts."The samples from Parbhani were sent to Bhopal (ICAR-NIHSAD) and the news is not good," said Kedar, even as Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has summoned an urgent meeting to discuss the bird-flu situation this evening.Besides Maharashtra, the other states hit by the avian influenza include Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala with a confirmed outbreak.The bird virus has hit the sales and consumption of eggs and chicken and other poultry products in a big way in Maharashtra, with prices tumbling by nearly 35-50 per cent.Simultaneously, this has led to a shift in consumption with people opting for mutton or fish products which have shown increased demand and prices moving up, according to retailers.--IANSqn/rs
Parbhani (Maharashtra), Jan 11 (IANS) Bird flu has entered Maharashtra after test reports confirmed the deaths of over 800 chickens due to the infection in the Murrumba village in Parbhani district last week, officials said here on Monday.District Disaster Management Officer Pawan Khandge said the blood samples of the chicken found dead on Friday, were sent to the government's veterinary college here and later the reports proved the infection."The concerned district authorities are visiting the affected village for a survey and later Collector Deepak M. Mugalikar shall take the decision to declare a containment zone and other suitable precautions to prevent further spread of the bird-flu," Khandge told IANS.The state health authorities held a high-level meeting of officials from different departments to assess the situation arising out of the new threat to both animals and humans.However, Animal Husbandry Minister Sunil Kedar said contrary to rumours there is no ban on sale of poultry products like eggs or chicken as of now and the state government is in a state of high alert.--IANSqn/dpb
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) After the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the country's poultry industry, it is now reeling under the fresh threat of the bird flu infection. Due to the fear of bird flu, the sale of chicken and chicken products have been the worst-hit.Especially in north India, the poultry industry has been badly affected by ban on the transportation of hens from one state to another. A delegation from the industry is scheduled to meet the central government on Sunday.The cases of bird flu in poultry chickens have so far been found only in Haryana while most of them have been found in wild birds or migratory birds elsewhere and some cases have also been found in poultry ducks.However, in the beginning of 2021, the fear of bird flu has increased so much that the demand of chickens and chicken products has decreased by more than 70 per cent, the poultry traders said. Poultry Federation of India President, Ramesh Khatri, told IANS that chicken sales had fallen by almost 70 to 80 per cent over the last three to four days, while prices had fallen by 50 per cent and egg prices had also come down by nearly 15 to 20 per cent.Khatri said the primary reason for the falling demand for chicken is that the movement of poultry from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir has been halted from one state to another.He said that the two farms in which the bird flu has been confirmed in Haryana are both layer farms and not broiler ones. In the layer farms, poultry farming is done for eggs, while in the broiler farms, poultry farming is done for chicken meat.He said he would demand from the central government to save the poultry industry from rumour-mongering of bird flu.A delegation from the poultry industry on Sunday would meet Union Minister Jitendra Singh in which Ramesh Khatri would also be present.Poultry farm operator, Rakesh Manhas, also said he would urge the Central government that the rumours spread about bird flu causes humongous loss to the industry so measures should be taken to prevent such a situation.The Union Animal Husbandry Ministry also said in the seven states where there were confirmed cases of bird flu on Saturday, only the reports of bird flu in poultry-chickens in Haryana has been confirmed.In India since 2006, almost every year in winters, Avian Influenza, a common cold disease found in birds has been found somewhere or the other and the way to deal with the outbreak of this disease was made by the government in 2005, which has been implemented in the infection-affected areas.Experts point out that the methods of eating chicken and eggs in India do not raise the question of transmitting bird flu in humans, although they say that the effort should be on not to eat infected birds.Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Government of India, Praveen Malik, told IANS that there is no direct evidence of Avian Influenza (AI) virus being transmitted to humans by eating contaminated poultry products. He said that there is a need to maintain cleanliness and hygiene and the cooking and processing standards are also effective to prevent the spread of AI virus.Agricultural economist and Poultry Federation of India advisor, Vijay Sardana, said the country's poultry industry is worth nearly Rs 1.25 lakh crore, which has drastically come down to half during the corona pandemic crisis. This means the business of the poultry industry which was nearly Rs 1.25 lakh crore before the disaster of coronavirus has reduced to nearly Rs 60,000 to 70,000 crore at present.The recovery of the poultry industry came in the last few days of 2020, which was earlier ravaged by coronavirus, but is now reeling under the threat of bird flu.--IANSpmj/khz
Amaravati, Jan 8 (IANS) At a time when the Andhra Pradesh authorities have been battling the Covid-19 pandemic, the fresh scare of bird flu that has spread its tentacles across various states in the country has pulled down the consumption, price and sale of chickens in the state."It is better to avoid chicken until the bird flu mitigates," M. Stanley Prem Kumar, a non-vegetarian food lover, told IANS.Seediri Appalaraju, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, has directed officials to be prepared to face any eventuality.He said that if eggs and chicken are cooked properly it will reduce chances of bird flu. He told the officials to be prepared with the response teams, consisting of a veterinarian doctor, two veterinarian paramedics and two helpers.As many as 829 response teams including 40 to 140 teams in the districts have been directed to be ready depending on the population of hens in their areas.Considering that the bird flu is emanating mostly from migratory birds, officials have been asked to arrange special teams in Nellore, Guntur, West Godavari and East Godavari districts.The state government has also set up control rooms in every district.However, the officials have not detected any bird flu in the crows which died in Guntur's Kollipora and Srikakulam.The animal husbandry and forest departments have also been creating awareness among poultry farmers and chicken sellers in the wake of the bird flu cases.--IANSsth/sdr/bg