By: |Simra Shahab|
Since 1955 had the most astounding scope of beef, mutton, and then chicken. Be that as it may, because of ascent of costs, people moved to chicken as it is the most reasonable type of meat utilization. Soon, chicken replaced mutton as the prices for mutton meat reached sky high and since the middle class crisis, the public shifted to chicken, beef and then mutton. The high rates of population increase since 1955 from 40 million to 2 billion today 2019 require considerable amount of meat production.
Hence, Imran Khan contributed to a better plan for the future crisis with the ‘egg and chicken’ plan.
For the colonised minds when desis talk about chickens combating poverty they get mocked, but when “walaitis” talk about desi chicken and poverty it’s brilliance! https://t.co/bjvQQIVoRv
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 1, 2018
Stats show us how poultry surpassed mutton in the nick of time ever since prices shook high. Not only that but it has affected the health of public, especially in women since chicken consumption is the most common, due to the reason stated above and the nutrients of meat and mutton are low, which is also the reason that 1 out of 5 people or children in general 1 have depleted hemoglobin levels. This issue shall be discussed in the latter part but first we need to know the root cause of how and why it happened. https://www.google.com/search?q=chart+of+meat+consumption+in+pakistan&rlz=1C1CHBD_enPK818PK818&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwimo_zCg6XjAhUgVBUIHYD7A9kQ_AUIECgB&biw=1137&bih=675#imgrc=yh4n30R-4CRImM:
How did Occur?
Ever since the demand of chicken consumption, keeping in mind the population rise, the poultry industry had to make it up to the requirement. However, it wasn’t a simple task at all since in 1977 avian flu spread which led to the death of most of the parent flock. Nevertheless, Pakistan was especially successful in controlling exceedingly pathogenic avian flu. With help from the FAO, Pakistan set up a reference research facility and a countrywide checking program.
The main episode of HPAI in Pakistan happened in 1995, when HPAI serotype H7N3 was accounted for in reproducing stocks from business poultry cultivating and brought about overwhelming mortality and a serious drop in egg generation. In 1999, another serotype of low pathogenic avian flu developed is as yet common all through the nation. The infection rose again in November 2003 in the southern city of Karachi, primarily influencing business layers. The infection was in the long run constrained by separating and immunization procedures before the finish of 2005. The infection returned in 2007 and 2008. Out and out 22 episodes, basically in rearing rushes, have been accounted for. From July 2008 to 2011, no new instances of H5N1 were recorded in Pakistan.
Demand and Drawbacks
Stuck between demand and the flu prevailing really brought damage to the poultry industry. As indicated by Nazir (2013), Pakistan has not been effective in creating explicit pathogen free (SPF) chickens, and experiences high feed costs (Tauqir and Nawaz, 2001) alongside low quality feed containing elevated amounts of mycotoxins (Saeed et al., 2009). Taking this in account, farmers and breeders reached for a cost effective method by choosing cheaper feed and injections that boosts the growth of chicken sooner than the natural time. This does not only messes with nature but is harmful for consumption as well. A significant number of women have been diagnosed with PCO ( Polycystic ovary syndrome) is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels. Women with PCOs develop hormonal imbalance that causes to trigger higher than normal amounts of male hormones. This not only causes them to skip menstrual periods but also makes it harder for them to get pregnant, which directly affects fertility. Since it has impacted a major chunk of Pakistanis, people are either opting for desi-chicken have started avoiding chicken meat in general. This may have a significant impact on the poultry industry as well as the ones who are still unaware of the harsh truth regarding the side effects of consuming chicken carried by the cow milk that is also the result of injections, and by no means it may be healthy.
Is the Future safe?
Still there are some poultry linked major problems exists in the country including seasonal price fluctuations, expansive and low-quality feed and different diseases of flocks especially bird flu. But as happened in the past, research is going on upon these issues and the researchers are optimistic that the issues will be resolved in the country in near future. As it must since it is alarming this day and may possibly haunt the following years to be. However, people should look into the overconsumption of certain meat, overconsumption of anything usually does prove to be hazardous.