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Poultry body cries foul, says sales down 50%
Ahmedabad: The president of the Broiler Farmer Coordination Committee (BFCC) Anu Patel met top officials of the animal husbandry department and urged the government to declare the poultry industry safe to save the industry from a crisis.
Patel said they had urged the government to salvage the situation, especially the positive tests for H5N1 came from turkey and guineafowl alone. Not a single case has been reported in poultry but the scare has adversely impacted the sale of chicken, which plunged by 50% in two days.
Gujarat consumes 60 lakh broilers a month. If the government does not declare poultry and poultry products safe soon, consumption will decline pushing poultry farmers— already reeling from the cash crunch after demonetization.
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