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February 26, 2018

Mandalay chicken farmers halve their flock amid scorching temperatures

A farmer feeds layers at a farm in central Myanmar. Photo: Aye Min Soe
A farmer feeds layers at a farm in central Myanmar. Photo: Aye Min Soe

CHICKEN farmers from the town of Madaya Township, Mandalay Region,have made it known they have reduced the number of birds they are breeding by half, in light of scorching temperature induced chicken fatalities.
“Chicken farmers, who in the past would have breed 10,000 birds, are now just breeding half that quantity because of rising temperatures.” said U Than Shwe from the Shwe Taung chicken breeding enterprise based in Madaya Township.
The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department has urged chicken farmers to practice temperature regulation, by using water misting fans to alleviate rising temperatures, but chicken farmers have said they can incur more expenses should they not receive regular electricity.
“There’s no issue with using water misting fans when electricity is running, but we can suffer heavy losses if it cuts out. In light of that fact, we’re only breeding what we can afford to potentially lose”, said by Ko Thein Aye, a local chicken breeder from Taungbyone village.
According to chicken meat and egg wholesalers of the 41 Street night market, the current price of a broiler chicken fetches between K7,000-8,000 while a viss (1.6 kilograms) of chicken breast meat goes for a similar price of approximately K8,000.
The townships surrounding Mandalay of Madaya, Kapaing, Taungbyone, Patheingyi and Amarapura practice chicken farming, currently breeding 1.2 million birds, according to the Mandalay Region Livestock Federation.—Myitmakha News Agency


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