In a flap

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, 12:00am

More than 100 chicken traders converge on the Murray Building yesterday to submit a petition to the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau over restrictions on live poultry imports.

But the traders remained disgruntled, despite a later government announcement that the supply of day-old chicks would resume later this week, and live chicken imports from the mainland would be increased for three days at the end of next month.

From May 28 to 30, chicken imports will be increased to 50,000 per day to cater for the Tuen Ng festival, after which the amount will fall back to 20,000 per day. The supply of day-old chicks, suspended because of a bird flu alert, will be resumed on Friday, but the quota has not been decided.

A dissatisfied Hong Kong Live Poultry Wholesalers' Association chairman Tsui Ming-tuen, who organised the march, warned of further action.