Bangladesh poultry leaders protest egg imports
Barricades stopped traffic; further actions to follow if government doesn't reverse decision.
Leaders of Narsinghdi district chapter of Bangladesh Poultry Industries Association lifted the barricades they had erected across the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in protest of the government's decision to import eggs from India.
The poultry businessmen blocked the highway at Bhilainagar on September 8, beginning at 12 p.m., stopping hundreds of vehicles. The highway was cleared for traffic at 2:30 p.m.
The disgruntled traders say they will go for wider movement and demonstrations if the government doesn't reverse the decision within a week.
Earlier this month Commerce Minister Farukh Khan warned entrepreneurs that permission would be given to import chicks if hatchery owners failed to reduce their prices in the local market. His warning came as imports of eggs, despite protests, had successfully lowered prices in the domestic market.