Agribusiness company Godrej Agrovet Limited on Thursday said that the sales of chicken in India have come down by 50 per cent due to false rumours being spread on social media that chicken can also cause coronavirus.
An official of the company said that chicken sales have fallen to around 40 million a week from 75 million about four weeks ago.
As per reports, most of the poultry firms have reported a sharp fall in sales of chicken across the country.
Godrej Agrovet managing director BS Yadav said that the poultry farmers and industry have been affected due to the false rumours which are mainly circulated through Whatsapp.
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“The surplus production has build up now which is being disposed at a lesser price,” Yadav said
He also said that the government has issued advisories that coronavirus does not spread from chicken.
Yadav also said that he had asked state governments to take action against rumour-mongers.
He claimed there would be a shortage of chicken in the upcoming months after the rumours die down following which there would be a sharp increase in the price of chickens.
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