January 12, 2007


Poultry farms in Bangladesh face losses as cold sets in


Poultry farm owners in the districts of Kishoreganj and Tangail in Bangladesh are running into heavy losses due to price hikes and a cold wave.


Khaled Saifullah Sohel, who owns 3,500 chickens, in Beruail village of Rashidabad, said egg production has fallen by 20 percent during the last few days in the wake of cold waves.


Kamrul Islam, a poultry firm owner in Sherpur, claimed a fifth of the chickens in his farm has died in last few days due to bitter cold.


Prolonged political unrest in the country is also one of the reasons for the incurring losses, as customers from Dhaka and other areas have stopped buying eggs, said farm owners.


The lack of power has also made it impossible for farm owners to have access to medicines and vaccines as these require refrigeration. 


Farmers' losses are expected to increase greatly in the next few weeks.

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