Cuttack, Dec 16 (LocalWire): The chicken market in Cuttack city has seen a dip in its supplies amid bird flu scare in neighbouring Puri district.
Though, the supposed avian influenza has not yet entered the city’s food chain, the sell of chicken has reduced 50 percent of the regular business, said a whole seller.
Both wholesale and retail markets have been hit.
” The market has also witnessed reduction in price.
When we were selling one kg chicken at Rs 160 till Wednesday, now the price stands at below Rs 140,” said a retailer.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government has directed schools and anganwadi centres not to include eggs in mid-day meals for children.
Notably, Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) has detected avian influenza virus in dead crows and boiler fowl found near Krushna Prasad in Chilika, on Ganjam-Puri border area.
Bird flu scare triggered among people after 31 crows were found dead at Sialia and Aladapatna villages, near Krushna Prasad under Nuapada wildlife range in Chilika wildlife range on December 8.
Several chickens also reportedly die in nearby areas at Sana Sahi after the death of the crows.
Government has initiated mass culling of chicken at four villages under Krushna Prasad block of Puri district as a precautionary measure against bird flu.