Avian influenza confirmed in 14 States: Centre

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Avian influenza confirmed in 14 States: Centre

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

The Centre on Monday said that avian influenza has been confirmed in 14 States across the country so far. Of them, avian influenza has been confirmed in five states in poultry birds while in nine States it is confirmed in crow/migratory and wild birds.

“Further, avian influenza has been confirmed in samples of the dead heron from Tis Hazari, and in crow from Red Fort, Delhi and advisory in this regard has been issued to Delhi for taking necessary action,” it said.

According to the ministry of animal husbandry, culling and sanitization operations have been completed in the epicenters of Latur district in Village Kendrewadi, Ahmedpur, Village Sukani, and Village Tondar (Vajrawadi) in Udgir taluk and village Kurdwadi in Ausa taluk.

Further, in Madhya Pradesh (Districts of Harda and Mandsaur) and Chhattisgarh (District Balod), rapid response teams have been deployed for the culling of poultry birds around one km radius of epicenters of the outbreak in poultry. Culling operation of poultry is continuing in the epicenters of Haryana (District Panchkula).

“In Maharashtra, rapid response teams has been deployed and culling of poultry birds is underway in all the affected epicenters,” it said.

According to the CRISIL’s analysis that rated 87 poultry companies comprising nearly 30 percent of the industry’s revenue, the bird flu has chopped around 30 percent off broiler chicken volume, bringing down daily chicken demand in the country from 100 lakh kg in December 2020 to an estimated 70 lakh kg in January 2021.

Apart from this, the rating agency added that wholesale prices of broiler chicken have crashed 20-30 percent from Rs 105-110 per kg in December to Rs 80 per kg. Following this, the overall revenue could decline 30-40 percent in January 2021 due to a fall in realizations and volume.

It noted that as wholesale prices usually correct sharply following such outbreaks, the fall in prices tends to be temporary.

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