After the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the poultry industry in Jammu and Kashmir, the industry is now reeling under the threat of the bird flu infection.
People associated with the industry said that despite banning the entry of any poultry product into Jammu and Kashmir not a single case has been reported here, while most people have left consumption of chicken and other poultry products.
Bano Pratap, owner of Prem poultry in Jammu city told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the unrest created by the bird flu in various states of India is badly hitting the industry.
He said that the rumors of bird flu in Jammu and Kashmir have reduced the number of customers by around 60 percent.
“We have suffered huge losses during COVID-19 lockdown, even now we are unable to pay rent to shop owners, Pratap said, adding that, the government must inform people that no case of flu has been reported in J-K and consumption of poultry products is safe.
The owners of hotels and restaurants in different areas of Jammu and Kashmir also said that despite no cases in J-K, people have stopped eating poultry products which resulted in the reduction of over 50 percent work.
Ishfaq Ahmad a poultry dealer from Pulwama said that most traders associated with poultry have themselves stopped selling poultry products after there was no demand for them.
“I used to sell at least 2 to 3 thousand chicken on daily basis days to traders but from last few days there is no demand for poultry products,” he said. “We have already suffered huge losses in the last two years, we can’t bear any more losses.”
People associated with poultry requested the government to look into the matter and help them financially so that they can heave a sigh of relief
It is pertinent to mention here that so far cases of bird flu have been reported from nine states of India.
Doctors and experts in J-K have also advised people not to use raw products of poultry as a precautionary measure.