Bhubaneswar: Odisha Poultry Forum says poultry consumption of the state has dropped 30-40% over last week relating to rumours spread around coronavirus infection.
All Odisha Poultry Forum (AOPF) on Thursday claimed that sales of chicken and eggs have decreased over the last few weeks, due to rumours linking them to the coronavirus infection.
AOPF president Haramohan Das says around 70 lakh kg chicken was being sold every week in the state while the sale has affected by 30-40 per cent. He appealed to people not to believe in the rumour spread by some people on social media and other platforms.
The poultry farmers and the business are suffering huge losses due to the rumour. Social media seems to be the driving force behind the spread of the fake message.
Das said not a single organisation including World Health Organisation (WHO) has claimed that people will get infected with coronavirus if they eat chicken and eggs.
Earlier, the poultry business had got affected with the detection of bird flu at the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology poultry farm in Bhubaneswar.