e hours but I do not expect to get anymore buyers. We have sold only 20 percent of what we normally sell," he said.
Qureshi was not the only one eagerly awaiting buyers. There were others who had a leisurely Wednesday as not much sales took place.
Nadeem Ali of Chand poultry shop said: "Normally we do not have time to speak to anyone because of the rush but today things are moving at an easy pace. It seems we will have to keep these chicken in the market and feed them because there is no point sending them back to the farms," he added.
Meanwhile, farm owners like Satpal of Sonipat, Haryana, faced a tough time convincing the wholesale dealers to buy chickens from him.
"I have brought around 1,500 chickens but till now only 400-450 have been sold," he said. He said though veterinary doctors had certified his poultry products sales had not picked up.
For Narendra Singh, a restaurant owner from Rajouri Garden, west Delhi, the bird flu has scare has led to a downslide in business as he is facing difficulty in selling his chicken and tandoori dishes to customers.
"Not many people are eating chicken these days therefore sales have gone down tremendously. On a normal day, I buy around 100 chicken from this place but this time I am only taking 40," he said.
Imran, who runs a shop in Shahadra, northeast Delhi, echoed Singh. "I am only taking 26 birds because I had taken orders from some of the people in advance. We have stopped selling chicken in our shop for the past few days, there is no point taking the stock when people do not buy," he added.
Meanwhile, the four vets at the Gazipur market had a tough time in checking all the birds and certifying them safe.
"We have closed one of the two gates so that people do not buy them and take them away without our certificate," said Raj Kumar. "We have not come across any dead birds yet but we are keeping a strict vigil by takPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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