A city in Uzbekistan has paid its schoolteachers in chickens reported because of shortage in cash.
The authorities in Nukus, in the autonomous Karakalpakstan Republic, have been handing out freshly-hatched chicks to its teachers due to a lack of money in the country’s banks, according to US-backed Radio Ozodlik. One of the teachers refers to the new move as “shameful”, on radio the teacher recounts that “Last year they paid us with potatoes, carrots and pumpkins. This year they are forcing us to take newborn chickens instead of our wages. If we need chickens we can buy them from a market at a much cheaper rate.”
Another source holds that the chicks were deemed to be worth 7,000 soms ($2.50; £1.70) each for salary purposes, more than double the going rate at local markets. Uzbekistan’s government tightly controls the domestic media, and residents who speak to foreign media only do so on the condition of anonymity.