Belagavi, Mar 10 : Around 6,000 chickens were buried alive by some poultry farm owners here as the rate of flesh in the market dropped even below the cost price due to Coronavirus scare.
The poultry farm who buried the chickens on Monday evening belonged to Lolasuru village in Gokak Taluk of the district. One of the owners, Nazir Makandar, said that there was no demand for chicken because of the threat of Coronavirus. "We are spending more than Rs 50 for 1 kg chicken but present rate is Rs 8 to Rs 10 only. Hence, it was finally decided to bury the chicken".
“After one coronavirus case surfaced in the state, many have stopped eating chicken and the demand has drastically come down," he said. He further said that at present maintaining the poultry industry was difficult as people are not ready to buy the chicken. As a substitute, demand for mutton and fish has increased in this district. (UNI)