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Concern Remains over Buying Chicken

14 February 2008

INDIA - Poultry consumers in India are nervous about buying chicken, despite the lifting of the ban on sales by the Bengal authorities.

According to reports in The Telegraph in India there are mixed feelings about buying poultry meat.

"I would like to buy chicken, but I don’t want to risk it. What if it is not fresh stock?" said Ray, a resident of Bansdroni, The Telegraph reports.

However it quotes another consumer, Bandopadhyay, a CESC employee" "With the ban being lifted, why spend so much more on mutton dishes at the wedding?"

The reports say that many people opted to wait and watch, while some made a dash for chicken and eggs on Wednesday. Prices hovered around Rs 40-45 a kg for whole chicken, but not for long, warned sellers.

Pappu Singh, the owner of Super Poultry at Entally market, warned of a sharp price rise powered by demand-supply imbalance.

"There will be a scramble for chicken by the weekend. Don’t be surprised if the rate touches Rs 100 a kg due to sluggish supply following the ban," he said.

But the West Bengal Poultry Forum on Wednesday allayed fears of an impending price hike and stressed that the stocks being supplied to local markets from Wednesday were fresh.

"There is no question mark over the stocks," said Madan Mohan Maity, the chairman of National Egg Coordination Committee, West Bengal.

ThePoultrySite News Desk



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