Chicken Rates Falls in Kerala with Ongoing Avian Flu Reports

Published on: 01 Dec, 2014
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Health News

With the ongoing reports of Avian Flu Broiler chicken prices in Kerala continued to fall with retail prices dropping to Rs 50 per kg from the earlier level of Rs 90-100.

The alarming situation has put the 10 lakh-odd poultry farmers dealing in live broiler chicken sales in a crisis, which would have a serious impact on the upcoming Christmas and New Year sales, said Binny Immatty, State President of the Poultry Farmers and Traders Samithy.

Kerala, with a per capita consumption of 10.8 kg poultry meat, consumes 875 tonnes per day against a production of 321 tonnes. To meet the additional demand, the State has to depend on neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

He said that the avian flu virus had so far been detected only in ducks, but its impact had been felt in the sale of other poultry, meat and eggs, affecting exports.

To allay the fears about chicken consumption, he said the Samithy was planning to organise food festivals serving chicken and egg dishes this week in Kochi and other parts jointly with Kerala Poultry Development Corporation.


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