NECC pleas with farmers to maintain egg prices
Huge losses to the poultry industry are feared due to
the outbreak of bird flu in Manipur, India. The National Egg Coordination
Committee (NECC) has asked the farmers not to be influenced by traders' demand
to reduce prices.
"We are scared that traders in the north zone are trying to pull down the
price by saying that export will be stopped," said Delhi zone NECC Chairman
The Indian government has recently confirmed bird flu
cases in Manipur, and consequently 100,500 birds
have been culled to stop its spread.
"Since, the government takes immediate steps to control the effect of bird
flu as soon as any such case is reported in any area, I strongly feel that
prices or exports in non-affected areas should not be brought down," Juneja
Some farmers say that several traders are trying to cash in on the
situation by forcing a reduction in farm-gate prices of eggs so that they could
keep them in cold storage and sell at higher rates during winter.
There was a need to educate the public that "there is no harm in consuming
the poultry products in non-affected areas", he said, adding that it would save
the industry from taking a hit again this year.
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