Mumbai, Feb 15
Due to a scare among people about coronavirus, the sale of chicken has been reduced by nearly 300 MT per day in Maharashtra. This, despite the state animal husbandry clarifying that there is no co-relation between the coronavirus and consumption of chicken.
A special meeting of the officers from animal husbandry department and doctors from Sassoon Hospital and BG medical College, was organised in Pune on Friday to take stock of the situation and dispel rumours about the disease. Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Additional Commissioner Dr Dhananjay Parkale, Dr Vinayak Limaye, Deputy Dean of the Sassoon Hospital Dr Rajesh Karyakarte, Superintendent Dr. Ajay Taware, Dy.Superintendent and Dr. Vijay Jadhav attended the meeting. They clarified to the media that the people should not be scared about the disease and should continue their usual diet.
Due to WhatsApp messages being circulated on chicken being infected by coronavirus, many people have stopped buying and consuming chicken. Similar reports have come Bengaluru, Chennai and other cities. The message, which has a picture of the chicken, reads, “High alert: Chicken infected from Coronavirus found in Bangalore, kindly circulate the message and avoid consumption of chicken. Spread the message to your dear ones.”
A chicken seller Zubair Ahmed, said, “Our business has dropped in the last 20 days. I used to sell about 80-100 kg every day, but now only 50-60 kg gets sold”.