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Marked improvement in sale, price of chicken, eggs

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Chennai, Feb 22 (UNI) Two days after price and consumption rate of chicken and eggs came down drastically in Tamil Nadu following fears of Avian Flu, there was a marked improvement in their sale and prices picked up significantly.

Animal Husbandry Department Director T N Palanivelu told UNI here today there were no adverse reports from any part of the State.

The situation had improved considerably. ''Sale of broiler chicken and prices of eggs had improved considerably compared to the last two days,'' he said.

Meanwhile, the Department had also initiated steps to take blood samples of chickens in all poultry farms as a precautionary measure.

''Since the virus has come from outside the country, we have stepped up surveillance. Samples are being collected from all poultry farms. We have also started taking blood samples from migratory birds,'' Mr Palanivelu said.

The department was concentrating more on the Karikili Bird Sanctuary in Tiruvarur and sanctuaries in Marthandam and at Point Calimere in Kanniyakumari, which draw a number of migratory birds.

''We are also not taking chances and officials are regularly visiting Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary near Chennai,'' he said, adding the chance of the virus affecting birds in Vedanthangal was remote as birds mainly came from neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka.

Mr Palanivelu said constant vigil was being maintained at all check posts.

Industry sources said there was fluctation in prices of broiler chicken. All meat shops were closed yesterday in view of a one-day strike to press demands including modernisation of slaugher houses.

The situation was better today compared to Monday, when sales had dropped significantly.

There was no perceptible drop in sale of chicken in five star hotels. Despite some lower level hotels keeping chicken out of their menu, it was business as usual in five star hotels.

''There is usual demand for chicken items. We did not see any drop in it,'' an official of a star hotel said.

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