Bird flu triggers sharp fall in chicken, eggs prices in Mysore

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Mysore, Jan 22 (UNI) The spreading of bird flu in various parts of West Bengal has badly affected the poultry market in the city as the prices of chicken and eggs have dropped sharply.

The prices of table birds have come down by Rs 20 per kg and eggs by 40 paise per unit following the outbreak of H5NI avian virus in West Bengal.

As traders and people were keeping away from purchasing chickens and eggs, poultry industry was facing a heavy loss.

Animal Husbandry Department sources told UNI that in Mysore city alone there were 81 poultry farmers having 2.1 million birds. About 12 lakh eggs were daily transported to neighbouring Kerala.

The Kerala police manning checkposts on the Karnataka-Kerala border were allegedly harassing the traders from Mysore transporting eggs to that state.

To support the local poultry industry, the Animal Husbandry officials have issued a clarification to the Kerala authorities that poultry products from Mysore were not affected by bird flu and could be consumed.

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