New Delhi, The poultry industry in different parts of the country has been hit hard amid rumours that the novel coronavirus can transmitted through consumption of chicken, the prices of which have fallen considerably as a result.
Vijay Sardana, an agricultural economist and adviser of the Poultry Federation of India, said that poultrymen were getting just Rs 20 per bird in the market whereas the cost of production was Rs 80.
He said the jobs of about two crore people employed in the poultry industry across the country have been impacted.
People were avoiding consumption of meat, fish, chicken, and egg etc. Due to the fall in demand, wholesale price of chicken had dropped by as much as 70 per cent. As a result, chicken was now available at Rs 100-150 per kg in retail compared with Rs 180-200 earlier on.
A chicken seller in Noida, adjoining Delhi, said he was currently purchasing chickens at Rs 50-60 per bird and selling it at Rs 150 per kg.
A consumer from Muzaffarpur in Bihar said the price of chicken had falle ..