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New Delhi, The poultry industry in different parts of the country has been hit hard amid rumours that the novel coronavirus can transmitted through consumption of chicken, the prices of which have fallen considerably as a result.Vijay Sardana, an agricultural economist and adviser of the Poultry Federation of India, said that poultrymen were getting just Rs 20 per bird in the market whereas the cost of production was Rs 80.He said the jobs of about two crore people employed in the poultry industry across the country have been impacted.People were avoiding consumption of meat, fish, chicken, and egg etc. Due to the fall in demand, wholesale price of chicken had dropped by as much as 70 per cent. As a result, chicken was now available at Rs 100-150 per kg in retail compared with Rs 180-200 earlier on.Union Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh has admitted the...

PUNE: Import of oilmeals, used as animal feed, rose 70% in 2019-20 because of higher demand, stagnant local production and lower duty of shipments from some African countries, trade bodoy Solvent Extractors Association (SEA) said."India imports oilcake/meal for domestic processing and or direct usage in cattle/poultry feeds. During the financial year 2019-20 (Apr.’19 to Mar.’20 ) India imported 1,142,902 tons of various oilcake/meal/feed valued at Rs. 3218.09 crores against 670,709 tons valued at 2558.20 crores during previous year 2018-19, sharply increased by 70% in terms of quantity and 26% in terms of value," a release from SEA said.Demand of oilmeal is rising year as the feed industry is growing at 8% to 10% per annum, while oilseed production in the country is more or less stagnant."The current duty on import of oil bearing material is 19.6%. However, large quantities of oilcake/meals are being imported from certain African countries under India-...

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