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Poultry prices up in Malta, down in EU

by 5m Editor
26 April 2006, at 12:00am

MALTA - Contrary to what is happening in the rest of the EU, the consumption of poultry products in Malta does not seem to have been affected by the threat of avian flu, so much so that the price of poultry products here has gone up instead of down. Statistics compiled recently by the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission show that since the discovery of avian flu in some EU countries, the prices of poultry products have decreased by an average of 13 per cent in the EU. Some countries have experienced a much sharper downfall. In neighbouring Italy for example, consumption went down by 50 per cent resulting into a drop of 63 per cent in the normal price. Poultry also became cheaper in the UK (-8 per cent), Portugal (-37 per cent), Poland (-15 per cent), the Netherlands (-8.5 per cent), Spain (-14.5 per cent) and France (-12 per cent). Malta was one of only three countries where consumption remained stable and prices increased, in Malta&#39;s case by 3.5 per cent. The others were Greece and Germany. <i>Source: The Times of Malta</i>

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