Ban on poultry hits state traders

BELAGAVI: The Goa government’s ban on poultry products from Karnataka has hit the poultry industry hard.┬áKarnataka Poultry Farms and Breeders Association (KPFBA) has been running from pillar to post to revoke the ban which they feel is illogical.

Goa has banned poultry products of Karnataka in the backdrop of the outbreak of bird flu in Humnabad taluk of Bidar district in the second week of May. With swift measures like culling of the affected birds in the area and vaccination drives, the state government had declared Bidar as bird-flu free district. Three months after the incident, Goa decides to ban poultry products from Karnataka.

Speaking to STOI, Dr Sanjay Deshpande, in-charge of Kwality Animal Feeds Private Limited, Belagavi, said approximately 22,000 to 25,000 poultry birds are exported to Goa from poultries in Belagavi district per day. Goa is one of the biggest poultry markets for Karnataka. Following the ban, poutry traders are forced to sell their products at half the cost. When the price of birds per kilogram in the Goa market is Rs 75, it is being sold at Rs 65 in the local market.

“Generally, birds have t o be marketed in 42 days but the period is now increasing by 4-5 days due to the ban. The loss incurred by feeding the birds during these additional days is borne by the owners. The ban does not make much sense. I hope Goa will revoke the ban in the next couple of days,” Dr Deshpande said.
AK Chandrashekhar, deputy director of animal husbandry department, said he has brought the matter to the notice of director of the department. “Hope, department will find out amicable solution as soon as possible. I think there was a communication gap,” added the officer.
Dr HS Kulkarni, assistant director of Poultry Federation, said no birds from Bidar district are being transported to Goa. Only poutry products from Belagavi, Vijayapura, Hubballi-Dharwad and Hospet are sent to Goa.

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