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December 16, 2008
 
India Poultry Weekly: Assam state fears bird flu to spread to humans (week ended Dec 14, 2008)
 
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Price Summary
 
There was a mixed response in all broiler markets in India. The big gainers were Kolkata with Rs. 11, Palladam (Kerala) with Rs. 10 followed by Bangalore with Rs. 6.00 per kg.
 
Delhi and Bhopal suffered Rs. 3 and Rs. 2 per kg respectively.
 
A mixed trend was also seen in egg prices in the last week in all stations in India. Namakkal suffered the biggest loss of Rs. 12 followed by Kolkata White eggs with a loss of Rs. 5 per 100 eggs.
 
The maximum gainer were Barwala with Rs. 14, followed by Delhi with Rs. 7 and Hyderabad with Rs. 2 per 100 eggs.
 
The parent stock also got a setback and settled at Rs. 3,000 as compared to last week's price of Rs. 3,500 per 20 birds.
 
The price of layer bird also came down to Rs. 700 per 20 birds as compared to last week's price of Rs. 900 per 20 birds.    
 
Chick prices in North India came down and traded at Rs. 14- 15 per chick including Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir) and Punjab and in Kolkata.
 
 
Market Analysis
 
A general alert all over the Assam state sounded about the possible outbreak of bird flu and the H5N1 virus infecting humans.
 
Assam state health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said some cases of Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) with fever had been reported from bird flu affected areas.
 
"Five cases with Upper respiratory track infection have been identified in the Outward Patients department (OPD) of the identified hospital but none of them has any history of exposure to sick or dead poultry," Sarma said.
 
"What is alarming is that URI cases were reported from areas where outbreak of bird flu was notified. If the virus is transmitted to humans, it will be difficult for us to handle the situation," Sarma added.
A central team under the regional director for Health and Family Welfare were stationed in Hajo, Rani and Kamrup districts.
 
The five URI cases were reported from Hajo, where bird flu has been confirmed.  
 
Regional director of Health and Family Welfare, Partha Gogoi said the H5N1 virus, which causes bird flu, is very infectious and if it infected one person, there was the possibility of it assuming epidemic proportions.
 
Meghalaya bans entry of poultry
 
Meghalaya state on banned the entry of poultry and poultry products coming from Assam and Bangladesh.
 
"The ban comes into force with immediate effect. However, the ban does not imply to the sale of poultry and poultry products produced within the state," a veterinary official said.
 
The official said the state is preparing to cull birds and poultry in the bordering areas with Assam and Bangladesh as soon as the central government asks to do so.
 
Fighting bird flu and taking precautions
 
Health workers started spraying lime powder during the disinfection of the bird flu affected area of Khanapara in Guwahati, Assam's capital on Friday.
 
Health authorities have sounded a general alert on strains of the deadly bird flu virus spreading to humans and sparking a pandemic in the state.
 
More than 250,000 chickens have been culled in the last two weeks in Assam while an estimated 150, 000 more have been order to be killed.
    
Southern Fried Chicken eyes Indian market
 
After Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), it is UK's fastfood chain Southern Fried Chicken (SFC) that is looking to establish its presence in India.
 
The company, which is scouting for a local partner to set up its franchise operations, said it would invest substantially to open about 200 stores in India.
 
"We are in advanced talks to enter India, a potential market for us to grow," Andrew Withers, SFC managing director said.
 
He said that the company would commence its operation in January next year from Delhi and then proceed to opening stores in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. The outlets will be called SFC Express and would typically occupy a retail space of 100-250 square feet.
 
SFC will be providing the technological know-how and the high-end equipment needed to take the restaurant venture forward," Withers added.
 
SFC is established in 68 countries, with over 900 outlets and clocks a turnover of over US$100 million.
 
 
Market Forecast
 
In the week ahead, due to the arrival of winter season, demand in the market will be normal, broiler and eggs prices may be stable or may increase slightly.
 
Fresh arrivals are likely to lower corn prices in spite of high export demand for ethanol production and local demand for poultry industry.
 
Soy output is likely to be low due to poor weather in cultivating regions, which may strengthen prices in future.
 

Weekly transacted prices of broilers in India for 2008

Cities

Prices as of Dec 6
(Rs./kg live weight)

Prices as of Dec 13
(Rs./kg live weight)

Price change
(Rs./kg live weight)

     1.  Mumbai

                     43

                     44

                  +  01

     2.  Pune

                     43

                     44

                  +  01

     3.  Nashik

                     42

                     43

                  +  01

     4.  Surat (Gujarat)

                     45

                     47

                  +  02

     5.  Delhi

                     48 

                     45

                    03 

     6.  Kolkata

                     40

                     51

                  +  11 

     7.  Hyderabad

                     45

                     46

                  +  01

     8.  Bangalore

                     47

                     53

                  +  06

     9.  PalladamT.Nadu

                     50

                     53 

                  +  03 

     10.  Palladam Kerla

                     43

                     53

                  +  10

     11.  Namakkal

                     46 

                     47

                  +  01

     12.  Bhopal

                     44

                     42 

                   -  02 

Prices are representative and for reference only.
US $ 1 = Rs. 47.845 (Dec 16, 2008)
 

Note: The 12-city average includes Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Surat, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Banglalore, Palladam (Kerala & Tamilnadu), Namakkal, & Bhopal.


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