Yemeni Poultry Prices Drop

YEMEN - Yemeni poultry markets have lately seen a big drop in prices against red meat and fish. This happened following the big media campaign on the spread of birdflu virus in some European, Asian and Arab countries.

Several merchents and businessmen working in this industry have made it clear to the Yemen Times that local consumption of poultry has dropped by 40% during this month. They attributed this drop to the common fears of the birdflu disease. Last month the drop in poultry consumption in Yemen registered only 20%. And while this drop doubled consumption of fish and red meat increased.

Last week a government environmental working group from the public authority of animal wealth visiting the Qabita district of Lahj governorate had warned against eating chicken and bird meat.

The specialists requested the inhabitants to examin chicken and migrating birds in the villages and report any infected birds. The team had taken samples of infected birds’ lungs, and blood was to taken to be examined. Bodyparts of the suspected birds were burned. However, the real cause behind the diseased birds was not yet declared by the team. The samples were dispatched to laboratories in Sana’a for diagnosis as a precautionary measure to see whether the birds were actually infected with birdflu or was it another disease.

Source: Yemen Times
calendar icon 29 November 2005
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