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Bird flu: Navapur loss pegged at Rs 20 crore

The Poultry Farm Owners' Association said, "we do not see any chances of its revival in the next six months."

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 15:35 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The poultry industry of Navapur has pegged its losses due to culling at Rs 20 crore due to the outbreak of the deadly disease.

The current bird flu crisis has hit the industry very hard.

"We do not see any chances of its revival in the next six months," Poultry Farm Owners' Association said on Tuesday.

"The administration has ordered culling of six lakh birds and each bird has a growing cycle period of 45 days," a member of the Association Arifbhai Balawala said.

"It will take more than six months to recover the entire loss in terms of birds and money," he added.

Recollecting a similar crisis in 2002, he said, "there was an outbreak of poultry disease like Ranikhet which left hundreds of birds dead resulting in huge drop in prices from Rs 60 per broiler to Rs 45."

"Majority of the small poultry farms could not sustain the losses and subsequently were shut down," he said.

He further added that on Tuesday, only 52 of the 80 poultry farms are surviving resulting in huge losses.

The production has also gone down drastically from 15 lakh birds annually to 12 lakh.

In the case of eggs, the daily production from 12 lakh has gone down to 8 lakh, he said.

Another member of the association Gulambai Vora said the the Navapur poultry industry caters to not only the local market but also to the markets in other places like Nasik and Mumbai.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 14:52 IST