vasco: The State ban on the entry of live poultry and other birds from Karnataka and Maharashtra appears to have hit chicken vendors in Vasco hard as many residents in the port town have stopped buying chicken and eggs following nationwide avian influenza scare.
It is pertinent to note that there is a shortage of chicken and eggs in the market following the ban.
Poultry vendors from Vasco town have begun to feel the heat since last week as people are scared to buy chicken and eggs.
Hussain Bepari, a chicken vendor complained that following reports of bird flu cases in Kerala and other States, the sales of chicken and eggs have dropped drastically leading to losses in business by almost 40 per cent.
“On Tuesday evening, we received less stock from our dealers and it is also learnt that due to the ban, there will be limited stock of chicken and eggs with us. When we contacted our egg supplier in Hospet, he informed us that the supply will only start after the bird flu is over," Bepari added.
Lala, another chicken vendor said they receive chicken stock from Maharashtra and before sending this stock to us, the vet doctors check the chickens. There is a less supply of chicken and eggs considering the ban.
Girish Borkar, a Vasco hotelier, said, “The restaurant business has been affected due to chicken shortage. It is learnt that the State government has banned the import of chicken considering the bird flu cases in other States.”
“We hope that things will improve soon and we will be able to again get the chicken stock in Goa,” Borkar added.