New Delhi: A delegation led by Bahadur Ali, Chairman of the All India Poultry Breeders Association, called on Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and apprised him of the problems faced by the poultry sector in the wake of the widespread fears about the impact of the novel coronavirus on the poultry industry.
The delegation informed the Rajya Sabha Chairman that false news about the threat to the poultry industry was creating panic among the people and resulted in a massive reduction in the consumption of poultry products.
Quoting American biologist Bruce Lipton, Vice President Naidu said the “fear of coronavirus was more deadly than the virus itself.” He asserted that all forms of rumor-mongering must stop and efforts must be made to restore the industry to normalcy.
The VP also spoke to the Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Balram Bhargava, and advised ICMR to issue an advisory to allay the fears of the people on consumption of chicken and eggs.
He said that dissemination of correct information was necessary to assure both consumers and sellers.
Stating that millions of farmers are dependent on the poultry sector, especially in rural India, VP Naidu said that the sector has a key role in creating secondary income for farmers apart from providing nutritional security to people.
Naidu asked the Minister of State (MoS) for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Anurag Thakur, who was present at the meeting, to look into the matter. The VP also asked all stakeholders to make collective efforts in providing the right information to people.
MoS Thakur assured the delegation that the government would examine the matter.
Ranjith Reddy, Member of Parliament and President, Telangana Poultry Breeders Association, and Suresh Chitturi, Vice President of the All India Poultry Breeders Association (AIPBA) were also present.
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