Authorities clamp down on poultry smuggling

- SHIVA PURI, RAUTAHAT

Jan 23, 2019-

Local authorities are clamping down on poultry smuggling from India which has grown in recent years. On Tuesday morning, Armed Police Force personnel intercepted an Indian-registered motorcycle at Paroha Municipality-5 and seized around 200 kg of live chickens, but the rider got away.

“We destroyed the contraband chickens in the presence of locals, quarantine and Gaur Customs officials and journalists,” said SP Krishna Dhakal of the Armed Police Force. “As the border has been tightened, smugglers are using varied border points to import chickens illegally,” he said. However, local entrepreneurs said that smuggling had not stopped despite the campaign.

Chickens are being smuggled on motorbikes and bicycles, and the shipments usually arrive in the morning and evening. Local entrepreneurs said that Indian chicken costs half of the Nepali product. “Indian chicken costs Rs100 per kg wholesale,” said Ram Binod Pandey, president of the Rautahat Livestock Entrepreneurs Association. “Due to the price difference, chicken smuggling is growing at an alarming rate.” 

Smuggling has affected local producers, he said. According to the association, live chickens cost Rs250 per kg in the wholesale market. The retail price is Rs300 per kg. Rampurkhap, Ishanath and Bankul are the key border points where smuggling has grown. Several days ago, the border police of Banjara confiscated 25 kg of chickens from a bicycle. Smuggled live chickens are the main reason behind the high incidence of bird flu and disease, observers said.

Published: 23-01-2019 07:06

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