Chicken mela or­gan­ised to dis­pel Covid-19 ru­mours

Deccan Chronicle - - City - HAR­LEEN MINOCHA | DC

With sales of eggs and chicken badly af­fected by ru­mours that con­sum­ing them would cause Covid19 in­fec­tion, the Te­lan­gana Poul­try Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and Te­lan­gana Poul­try Fed­er­a­tion along with Na­tional Egg Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee, or­gan­ised a chicken and egg mela to dis­pel those fears at Peo­ple's Plaza, Hyderabad on Fri­day.

The event that saw an es­ti­mated 20,000 peo­ple eat egg and chicken prepa­ra­tions was in­au­gu­rated by min­is­ter K.T. Rama Rao. “Coro­n­avirus and chicken are not con­nected. My fam­ily and I, and even Chief Min­is­ter K. Chan­drasekhar Rao are eat­ing chicken and eggs ev­ery day,” he said at the event.

To­gether with oth­ers, Mr Rama Rao had some chicken prepa­ra­tions on stage. Stat­ing that it was 'false pro­pa­ganda', health min­is­ter Etala Ra­jen­dra said the poul­try sec­tor had suf­fered a loss of `500 crore.

Mr Rama Rao an­nounced dur­ing the event that the govern­ment will take steps to­wards giv­ing a boost to the poul­try in­dus­try and that new poli­cies for the sec­tor will be in­tro­duced.

At least 6,000 kilo­grams of chicken and 22,000 eggs were dis­trib­uted at the event. The event also saw an­i­mal hus­bandry Talasani Srini­vas Ya­dav and MP Ran­jith Reddy in at­ten­dance.

Glob­ally, more than

83,000 peo­ple have fallen ill with the Covid-19. The epi­cen­tre China, though hard­est hit, has seen lower num­bers of new in­fec­tions, with 327 ad­di­tional cases re­ported Fri­day, bring­ing the country’s to­tal toll to

78,824. An­other 44 peo­ple died there for a to­tal of

2,788.

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