Belagavi: Amid rising global coronavirus cases, a variety of rumours and misinformation have been doing the rounds in the country. One such rampant rumour is that the virus will spread through chicken, mutton and seafood, however, there is no scientific evidence to prove that. Also Read - Coronavirus Does Not Spread Through Chicken, Mutton, Seafood: FSSAI Chief
But that hasn’t stopped people from adhering to it, and that has led to a drastic drop in rates and chicken sales. Frustrated by the same, a poultry farmer in Karnataka buried thousands of chicks alive in his farm on Tuesday, pictures and videos of which are going viral. Also Read - Chicken Mela Organised in UP's Gorakhpur To Dispel Rumours About Coronavirus
The shocking video shows around 6,000 chickens, all about a month old, being dumped in a large pit in Nulsoor on Monday. The poultry farmer, Nazeer Ahmed Makandar, said he buried them because he could not afford the costs of the feed required to keep the birds alive. Also Read - Telangana Ministers Eat Chicken on Stage to Dispel Coronavirus Rumours
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Makandar said that he had spent around Rs 6 lakh to rear the chickens. He further said that his chickens which were earlier sold at Rs 50-70 per kg, are now selling at as low as Rs 5-10.
In a similar incident, around 9,500 chicks were buried alive at Bangarpet taluk in Kolar district in a farm owned by one Ramachandra Reddy, as per a report by The News Minute.
Amid apprehensions that the infection could spread through eating meat, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) CEO said there is a misconception about it. Medical professionals have assured that the virus is spread only via air droplets from infected individuals or carriers.