The ripple effect caused by the bird flu threat has resulted in poultry products dipping to an unbelievable 60 percent down in the Indian capital. One can see that in Gazipur wholesale market chickens being sold for just Rs. 12 per kg. //
Only those chickens that were certified by the veterinary doctors, deputed by the Delhi administration were sold for Rs.20-25, whereas those that were uncertified was available for a mere Rs.12 per kg.
"The sales have gone down drastically and we cannot return the chicken to farms therefore we are forced to sell them at cheaper prices," said Alam, who had parked two tempos carrying chickens at the fishery wing of Gazipur, the largest wholesale fish and poultry market in north India, to sell them illegally.
"This is our family business and I work with my uncle. He is managing the main shop in the chicken market trying to get a better deal," he said. "It is only because of the scare that the prices have crashed. Two days back the prices were Rs.36 but the market crashed Wednesday morning," Alam said.
The main problem is that while the supply has remained more or less intact, the demand has gone down drastically. Around 150 trucks of birds - each carrying approximately 1,000-1,200 birds arrived Wednesday, leading to a glut in the market.
Authorities Tuesday culled 223,000 chickens in the country's western region to pre-empt any spread of avian flu and said the focus would now be on cleanup operations and the rehabilitation of poultry farmers.
The culling operations were conducted in a three-kilometre radius of Maharashtra's Navapur village, 300 km from state capital Mumbai, where India's first case of avian flu was confirmed Saturday.
At Gazipur, Mehrazuddin Qureshi, sitting on atop baskets containing chicken, said: "People have stopped buying chicken. The buyers have just not come.
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