It seems that the poultry industry in India is once again facing a serious crisis.
The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has led to a serious decline in poultry products sales in the country. Some local newspapers have reported that chicken prices in the country have dropped by a third.
Over the past year, the country’s poultry industry has suffered heavy economic losses due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the spread of rumors about the role of poultry products in the outbreak.
The commentators’ assessment indicates that products such as chicken meat are currently sold in India at a lower price than the production cost.
Many experts believe that with the current trend, many medium and small breeders in India will be out of competition with the industry.
Environmentalists believe that the destruction of wild bird habitats such as ponds in recent years has caused the population of migrating birds to be concentrated elsewhere, which has increased the risk of disease in poultry farms.
Currently, the virus that causes highly pathogenic avian influenza has spread to more than a dozen states. On the other hand, so far no case of possible infection of the citizens of this country with the disease has been registered.
Experts in India believe that the poultry industry needs codified laws to improve the health of farms and methods of transporting produce to prevent the transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza between different parts of the country.
It should be noted that the Indian poultry industry suffered the most economic damage in 2008 from the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza.