Bengal's bird flu triggers declines in chicken and eggs prices

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Mysore, Jan22(UNI) The bird flu which hit West Bengal recently is affecting Mysore and its surrounding areas in the district negatively as the prices of chicken and eggs have declined significantly.

The prices of chicken have come down by Rs 20 per kilo and eggs by 40 paise per unit following the eruption of bird flu in West Bengal. Even the people and as well as traders are keeping away from buying chickens and eggs forcing a heavy loss to the poultry industry.

Animal Husbandry department sources told UNI that in Mysore City alone they are 81 poultry farmers with 2.1 million birds. About 12 lakh eggs are transported daily to the neighbouring Kerala state.

The Kerala police at check posts on the Karnataka-Kerala border are allegedly harassing the traders transporting eggs to the state from Mysore and creating problem.

To support the poultry industry in Mysore the Animal Husbandry officials issued clarification to the Kerala authorities that poultry products from Mysore were not affected from any bird-flu disease and could be consumer without any reservation.

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