Patna: Fowl flu or avian influenza scare is having a huge impact on poultry enterprise in Bihar with rooster gross sales dipping by 50-75 per cent throughout the state.
Kalimudin Ansari, a rooster vendor at Boring Highway in Patna, mentioned that although no confirmed case of chook flu has been reported from anyplace within the state, clients are usually not coming to their retailers.
“Customers are apprehensive about bird flu due to news reports on digital platforms, TV channels and newspapers. Only the known customers are coming to our shops to buy chicken,” Ansari mentioned.
One other rooster vendor, Shahnawaj Alam, mentioned: “Bird flu scare has created panic among the people. Hence, our sales have gone down by 50 to 60 per cent.”
Hen sellers are feeling the warmth in different districts of the state as nicely.
The scare of chook flu gripped Bihar after chickens and crows have been discovered lifeless in Mujaffarpur and Bettiah, respectively, final week.
Rajan Sharma, a resident of Khagaul in Patna district, mentioned: “Being a non-vegetarian, I am now preferring fish ever since bird flu cases were reported in some states. Apart from chicken, I am also avoiding mutton as both are sold together in majority of the outlets.”
“The hygiene factor is always a big issue in meat outlets in Patna. The flu could also transmit through feathers and other wastes which are generally scattered in the surroundings of roadside chicken shops,” mentioned Atul Thakur, a resident of Nageshwar colony.
“As majority of the outlets are operating without any licence from the municipal corporation, they do not have the fear of getting penalised,” Thakur added.
The state authorities has additionally alerted the administrations of all of the 38 districts in Bihar to maintain a tab on the developments.
“We are urging people to avoid eating half-cooked non-vegetarian food. Any meat cooked at a temperature of above 70-degree Celsius is safe as the H5N1 virus does not survive then,” an official of the well being division mentioned, requesting anonymity.
“Besides, we also advised them to avoid coming in contact with chicken sellers, feathers etc. We have also asked the common people to avoid going to poultry forms to buy chickens. People should wash hands with soaps and wear gloves while buying chickens,” he mentioned.