Indonesia estimates global bird flu losses at US$2 billion
An Indonesian official has said that the world's poultry
industry suffered around US$2 billion in losses from September 2005 to September
2006, owing to the bird flu epidemic.
"The global poultry industry has suffered direct losses of 2 billion
dollars due to lower prices. This is equal to 14 percent of the total value of
world trade," National Avian Influenza Control Commission chairman Bayu
Krisnamurthi was quoted as saying in The Jakarta Post.
Bayu estimated that indirect losses were 1.7 times the value of the direct
losses - totaling US$3.4 billion.
He said that in Indonesia alone, the poultry industry had suffered 1.1
trillion rupiah (about 120.2 million US dollars) in losses due to bird
He said that indirect losses in Indonesia were based on lower incomes for
farmers, decreased nutrition as people stop eating poultry meat, and decreased
"Because the tourism industry is highly dependent on public perceptions,
erroneous perceptions about bird flu have resulted in people being nervous about
visiting places where they think there is bird flu," he said.
The World Health Organisation
Indonesia has the highest number of human deaths from bird flu, at 57, from a
total of 74 human cases.
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