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Poultry industry faces collapse in Nepal

by 5m Editor
27 March 2006, at 12:00am

NEPAL - The poultry industry in Chitwan, one of the largest such in Nepal, is on the verge of collapse. According statistics, there are over 15,00,000 chickens in Chitwan district alone. The price of chicken slumped significantly here and even cheaper than that of green vegetables at Kamalnagar road near Shahid Chowk in Narayangarh city in Chitwan district in central Nepal, some 100 km west of Kathmandu. People can buy a whole chicken at the price of 50 to 70 Nepali rupees (about 1 U.S. dollar). Eggs are sold at the price of 40 rupees (0.57 dollars) per crate in comparison with 100 rupees (1.42 dollars) per crate earlier. The chicken supply was stopped at the capital and other districts as business people started selling meat of even the parent stock that was used for chicken production. They were discouraged due to recent rumors of bird flu on the market, Chairman of Nepal Poultry Entrepreneurs Forum Til Chandra Bhattarai told reporters here on Sunday. Bhattarai said chicken sold on the market is totally healthy and is safe for consumption. Ever since the report on outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Maharashtra State of India was made public, sales of chicken and eggs have declined dramatically in the country. <i>Source: Peoples Daily online</i>

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