Wholesale Markets Charging Fees for Live Poultry Sales
The ban on live poultry sales went from bad to worse for sellers in the 13 subdistricts with wholesale markets are now charging sellers fees in bringing in live poultry into the markets. Although the fees are not mandated by any government but is strictly enforced by wholesale markets themselves that is looking to benefit from the Cantonese tradition of using live chickens.
50 stalls at the Buji market are still selling live poultry and trucks coming in that carries live poultry are being weighed and calculated to get a said maintenance fee at the entrance of the market. While some trucks are weighed at the highway where they pay tolls that is based on weight. Several complaints are heard as scales in the market are showing a different weight and receipts are not being issued once fees are collected.
The manager of Buji market stated that the entry fees will be used in maintaining the management system and to use it for renovation projects. Since taking over the wholesale market in 2015, around 3 million yuan was lost and the decision to charge the fees came from the result of evaluations that involved multiple parties. Also a spokesperson from Buji subdistrict office said that the issuance of entry fees is caused by market behavior which is not part of any government responsibility.