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Chitwan's farmers forced to sell chicken, eggs at low rates

26 November 2018

Poultry farmers in Chitwan threaten to quit the profession after unexpected slump in the price of chicken and eggs.

The Himalayan Times reports that the farmers have been compelled to sell eggs for seven rupees each.

Nepal Egg Production Association Chair Trilochan Kandel said large eggs were being sold for Rs 230 per crate, medium for Rs 200 and small for Rs 180 in the market.

He added that almost all farmers might leave the profession if the situation remained the same for three months.

"The farmers cannot pay bank interest and instalments due to the fall in price," he said.

Similarly, farmers have been selling live broiler chicken for Rs 135 while normal cost for the chicken is Rs 175.

Central Chairman of Chicken Farmer Association Janak Poudel said farmers were facing huge loss as they had paid exorbitant amounts for chicken and feed, among others.

He said that big cold stores bought chicken at cheaper rates and sold the meat at higher prices. Mr Poudel added that farmers had been hit hard due to illegal imports of meat from India.

Meanwhile, Central Chairman of Nepal Hatchery Industry Association Tika Ram Pokhrel said farmers got low prices owing to failure of the concerned authorities to properly manage the market.

"The farmers and the state need to work in tandem so as to promote poultry farming," he said.

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