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December 26, 2008
 
Thai Broiler Weekly: Chicken prices stable despite fresh bird flu threat (week ended Dec 25, 2008)
 
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Price summary

Poultry meat sales have been strong in the week leading up to the weeklong New Year holidays, keeping prices stable despite a fresh bird flu outbreak northeast of the country.
 
The price of live chicken has remained steady at THB32-33/kg during the last two weeks, after falling from THB33-34/kg three weeks ago.
 
At freezer centres and wet markets across the capital, chicken meat prices have been changed since two weeks ago when they declined from THB62-63/kg to THB60-62/kg.
 
 
Market analysis
 
Market vendors said chicken sales had gone up during the past few days as Thais prepared for the New Year holidays.
 
Thailand's central bank has noted a steady increase in consumer spending leading up to the holidays despite the global economic gloom.
 
The Internal Trade Department, meanwhile, said that a suspected bird flu outbreak in Pichai in the lower northern province of Uttaradit has not affected poultry consumption all over the country.
 
But just the same, inspection teams led by provincial livestock officials have descended on Pichai to stamp out the new biosecurity threat.
 
Pichai is considered a high risk area as it adjoins Sukhothai province where health officers detected the H5N1 strain of bird flu virus in dead fowl in late October.
 
Livestock officials have found that Pichai villagers are still using the traditional way of poultry farming, leaving chickens or ducks to move about freely. In the cold season, poultry are vulnerable to the bird flu virus.
 
The livestock officials said that three bird flu operations teams would inspect every village for information on epidemic diseases in poultry and keep inspecting and disinfecting farms in every village continuously for six months, until May next year.
 
Villagers were told to inform officials immediately when poultry deaths occur from unknown causes.
 
In nearby Phichit province, the livestock department has also been keeping close watch of vulnerable areas, although bird flu has not been found in the province since 2006.
 
Phichit public health official Dr. Prajak Wattanakul admitted that the cool weather is a factor which could trigger the potentially deadly virus in the area.
 
He assured the public, however, that preventative measures were in place to counter any bird flu threat in the province.
 

Markets

Prices
for whole dressed chicken

as of  Dec 18
(in Thai baht/kg)

Prices
for whole dressed chicken

as of  Dec 25
(in Thai baht/kg)

Changes
(in Thai baht/kg)

Supermarkets (Bangkok)

68-72

68-72

0

Public markets (Bangkok)

60-62

60-62

0

Public markets (Suburbs)

55-56

55-56

0

Farm gate 

32-33 (liveweight)

32-33 (liveweight)

0

US$1=THB 35.015 (Dec 26)


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