NECC pleas with farmers to maintain egg prices

30-07-2007 | |

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 Harish Juneja.
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 said.
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.