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Poultry industry loses Rs 1500 cr due to birdflu

National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) has pegged the losses to the tune of Rs 1500 crore to poultry industry due to bird flu.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 21:06 IST

Claiming losses to the tune of Rs 1500 crore to poultry industry due to bird flu, National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) on Wednesday said the fear was so intense that people were unwilling to accept poultry products even for free.

"Future of poultry industry is dark as most of the farmers are on the verge of bankruptcy. Escalating financial burden has driven two farmers in Andhra Pradesh to commit suicide," NECC vice-chairman Vishwanath Dubey told reporters in Bhopal.

"Since February 19, when bird flu was first detected, several families of poultry farmers are facing the brunt," he said adding, in south India, poultry farmers disposed off chicken by distributing it among the poor for free.

Seeking support from the media in spreading information that no human being was ever affected by bird flu in the country and consumption of well-cooked poultry products was completely safe, Dubey said though Centre has extended some relaxations in loan procedures for poultry farmers, state governments should come forward to save the industry.