Bird flu scare: Telangana poultry suffers Rs 200 crore loss | Hyderabad News

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HYDERABAD: The poultry industry in Telangana has suffered Rs 200 crore to Rs 250 crore loss in less than a month due to the bird flu scare.
Industry insiders said these losses are on the lower side when compared to the losses suffered by the industry in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other bird flu-hit states. The overall loss of the poultry industry at the national level is estimated at about Rs 3,400 crore due to bird flu, said a financial expert from the poultry industry.

National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) business manager Sanjeev Chintawar said, on an average, seven lakh birds weighing 2 kg are sold every day in Telangana. “Though there has not been a single case of bird flu in Telangana, sale of live chicken birds has come down due to the scare resulting in farmers and breeders resorting to distress sale,” he said. Chicken eggs’ sales have also plummeted, he said.
Though poultry farmers and breeders suffered losses due to bird flu scare in Telangana, the consumers did not benefit much as retailers did not reduce the price to the extent the farmers and breeders did. “The retailers made good profit as only a few of them reduced prices considerably and a majority of them reduced the prices only marginally,” said a poultry farmer.
The poultry farmers said the market is slowly picking up as not a single case of bird flu has been reported in Telangana and no fresh cases have been reported from flu-hit states too in the recent past.
However, they said it may take some more time for the market to stabilise. The state government along with the poultry industry and NECC has taken up an awareness campaign stating that chicken and eggs are not only safe but healthy to eat.

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