Via the Macau Daily Times: Live poultry dealers wait for gov’t compensation after first local bird flu case detected. Excerpt:
The government has issued a 21-day import ban on poultry following the report that a sample taken from chickens tested positive for the H7 virus. This means that the live poultry stall in local markets will no longer be operating.
The Times was at the Mercado de Sao Domingos Municipal Complex yesterday and saw some staff members cleaning the live poultry stalls with a pressure washer. Workers at the poultry stalls were there to monitor the situation.
One of the workers, Mr Tam, said that they only found out about the incident yesterday morning. He did not know whether he will be paid for this month and believes the authorities will compensate for their employers’ losses: “How can we survive if the government does not compensate us? We only hope that there will be some money so that we can live.”
The stall worker thinks that since the incident only took place yesterday, the government needs some time to come up with a compensation plan. He also claimed that he was not afraid of bird flu, suggesting that there is no risk if people cook the chickens thoroughly.
Some stall owners in Bairro Iao Hon Municipal Market also told TDM that they were waiting for industry representatives to release more information. They hoped that the government will provide them up to MOP1,000 per day for each person in subsidies.
Ms Ng and Mr Wong are the owners of a frozen meat stall in the same market. They talked to the Times and said that sales of frozen chicken wings have risen slightly.
Ms U, the owner of another frozen meat stall, said that although she did not see any increase in the sales of frozen chicken parts, she noticed that the chilled chicken stall next to them was selling more chickens than usual yesterday.
Some customers did not know about the import ban until they arrived at the market yesterday. A lady told TDM that she will not buy live chickens because of health concerns, and will switch to frozen chickens. Another market customer said she will wait for the ban to be lifted 21 days later, but didn’t show concerns about a possible bird flu outbreak.