Bird flu costs Malaysian poultry industry millions
Since the first outbreaks of bird flu in
Malaysia the poultry industry has lost MYR1.5 billion (€324.4m), a report said
Yap Kim Hwah, who represents the Federation of Livestock Farmers'
Associations of Malaysia, said chicken prices plummeted in March after the
deadly H5N1 virus was detected in three Malaysian states.
outbreak farmers received 4 ringgit (€0.86) per kg and then farm price of
chickens dropped to 1.80 ringgit (€0.39). Chicken sales also dropped between 20
to 30% from that month, said Yap.
"Chicken farmers incurred huge
losses and some did not even have money to buy feed or rear new chicks," Yap was
quoted as saying in the Star daily.
Malaysia reported a series of
bird flu outbreaks beginning in February when it appeared in free-range chickens
in villages near the capital Kuala Lumpur, triggering the slaughter of thousands
But the federation said that since the bird flu problems
are one its return chicken prices were now staging a recovery, with farm prices
set during the week at 3.50 ringgit (€0.76) per kg as demand picks up.
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