Bidar bird flu scare has not hit city hatcheries

Bidar bird flu scare has not hit city hatcheries

Mangaluru: The outbreak of bird flu in North Karnataka has had no effect in the coastal city. The stakeholders of hatchery units have confirmed that locally hatched meat is safe to consume.

Soon after the outbreak of avian flu in Bidar, an alert was sounded across Karnataka. As a chain-effect, the price of chicken was supposed to come down, but in Kudla, prices are rising due to seasonal demand for meat. “Apart from being a season of marriages, prices usually go up in summer due to increased demand for meat,” said Dinesh Shetty, manager of Coastal Farms.

The prices of live chicken, which was around Rs 100 last month, has increased to Rs 120 per kg (as on Wednesday). The skin-out chicken costs Rs 190/kg and chicken with skin is priced at Rs 164/kg in retail market. The rates of Tyson chicken too have gone up.

According to him, any kind of avian flu will not affect the chicken industry in the coastal district because majority of the supply is produced here. “From chickling to its feed, everything is produced in the coastal districts; so diseases in other parts of the state will not make have any impact here,” he added. The firm owns around 200 integrated hatcheries in Dakshina Kannada and breeds more than 4 lakh chickens in a month.

Dinesh said the impact of an avian flu was felt in Mangaluru around 10 years back.
A wholesale chicken owner said a few years ago, the chickling and other things required for poultry industry was procured from Hassan and Tamil Nadu. Of late, it has shifted to the coastal region.

However, due to extreme heat in the region, chicklings, which come to slaughter in 40 days, have seen reduction in weight, he added.

Dinesh said the impact of an avian flu was felt in Mangaluru around 10 years back. “Poultry industry was badly shattered then and after that the city has not witnessed any such incidents.”

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes

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