Poultry sales in Pampanga almost back to normal

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some market sellers and retailers of dressed chicken and other poultry products are relieved as their sales have been almost back to normal barely a month after the bird flu outbreak in San Luis town.

Sellers in Guagua town said that sales have begun to peak up and those who once sold 100 heads are now selling almost 75 percent on a daily basis, compared to the almost zero sales on the first two weeks of the outbreak.

"People are now more confident in buying and are less scared than before," Olive Macalino, a chicken vendor here told SunStar Pampanga.

In Angeles City's Pampanga Market, sales have been rather brisk for the past few weeks, but sellers said they have yet to experience having all stocks sold out like before the bird flu outbreak.

In Candaba town, chicken from Tagalog barangays of the town are already being sold in Bulacan markets.

The Department of Agriculture had earlier said that normalcy in sales would be achieved in at least one to two months.

It could be remembered that some 37,000 birds have died from avian influenza subtype H5 in what has been declared as the first bird flu outbreak in the country.

The deaths were recorded in six farms in rural San Luis town. Infections were also reported among fowls in two towns of Nueva Ecija.

More than 500,000 birds have been culled in quarantine operations in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga.
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