Poultry farmers in the north coastal districts of India have lost 250,000 birds due to heat and humidity, according to reports.

So far, the industry has lost Rs 50 million (US$1.11 million), and bird production is down 20% in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. According to farmers, those who bought chicks at Rs 33 (US$0.73) two months ago have been unable to recoup even feed costs, earning just Rs 55 (US$1.22) to Rs 75 (US$1.67) per bird.