Poultry farmers

begin strike

Under the banner of the All-Kerala Poultry Federation, poultry farmers and traders across the State, numbering close to a lakh, have launched an indefinite strike on Wednesday in protest against the alleged unscientific tax system slapped on the sector. General secretary of the federation S.K. Nazeer said the new tax would result in a consumer paying Rs.50 as tax on purchasing 2 kg of chicken. In no other State in the country, consumers had to pay such a high tax for chicken. Moreover, the government had raised the floor price of chicken to Rs.95 a kg from the Rs.70 a kg and the tax would be levied on this basis. The development would make chicken, now a popular food, unreachable for the common man.