Indian poultry farms contribute significantly to the growth of ‘Superbugs’
Poultry farming is one of the most profitable businesses in the farming sector as day by day the demand for chicken is rapidly increasing. Tens of thousands of Indians directly or indirectly depend upon this sector for their livelihood.
Fortunately, our poultry farmers do their best to make sure that the demand of the Indian market for their product is met adequately.
Unfortunately, the way they choose to do so is somewhat controversial and, in a sense, extremely dangerous.
The preponderance of the uneducated Indian poultry farmers, in order to overcome the difficulties posed by the unexpected death of hen (their product) and the underweight of the product, use a miracle medicine, called ‘colistin’.
Actually, colistin is a last resort anti-biotic. In many developed countries, its use is strictly monitored and regulated by the health authorities.
In our country, it is normally sold among the uneducated poultry farmers as the growth promoters.
These growth promoters, though give adequate profit to the famers as it increases the weight and life expectancy of their products, pose serious threat to the life of human beings, as these last resort anti-biotic drugs, once it enters the natural food chain of human beings, may aid the formation of dangerous ‘superbugs’, which are resistant to all kinds of anti-biotic medicines available in the country.
Vignesh. S. G
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