Vendors warned that the price of poultry might increase in June due to an increase in electricity prices that have resulted from the ban on the slaughter of fowl in traditional markets.
The Council of Agriculture (COA) officially prohibited slaughtering fowl in traditional markets all around Taiwan, in order to decrease the H7N9 influenza threat by lowering the frequency of contact between the public and live fowl.
A speaker of the COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, said that 846 out of 920 vendors that sell fowl slaughtered in traditional markets have signed contracts with the government in order to receive the NT$100,000 subsidy offered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs for purchasing refrigeration equipment.
According to vendors in a traditional market, it will cost them NT$20 more for each electrically slaughtered chicken they bring in compared to slaughtering live chickens themselves.
The government has been subsidizing transportation businesses and electric slaughterhouses NT$10 for each fowl since May 3 and the subsidisation will continue. Vendors said that the subsidisation policy has been helpful, but they still hope the government can subsidise all extra costs caused by this newly launched ban.
Taipei's Department of Health issued its first ticket to a vendor for illegally displayng live fowl in a traditional market.
The commissioner of the Taipei Department of Health, said that vendors who display live fowl can receive a minimum of a NT$300 fine and a maximum of a NT$15,000 fine according to Communicable Disease Control Act. If a vendor slaughters live fowl in a traditional market the government can fine the vendor a minimum of NT$20,000 to a maximum of NT$100,000. In severe circumstances, a vendor could even receive a maximum of one year in prison and a maximum fine of NT$100,000.
Source: The Council of Agriculture of Taiwan