Ban on sale of meat in affected areas riles traders

The government has banned sale of meat items in various areas of the Kathmandu Valley, stating that the decision was taken to prevent an outbreak of disease after the deadly earthquake.

Issuing a statement on Tuesday, the Kathmandu District Administration Office has put a ban on sale of meat in Sundhara, Basantapur, Ason, Tyod, Gongabu Chowk, New Buspark, Balaju and Sankhu, areas where earthquake caused massive damages.

There are fears that dead bodies that have still not been retrieved from under the rubble in the most affected areas of the Capital could cause epidemic-like situation.

“We have decided to ban the sale of meat items in these earthquake areas due to the possible transmission of diseases,” said the statement. However, traders in other areas can sell meat items, said the press statement.

Meanwhile, meat traders in areas where the ban has been imposed said that sales have gone down significantly as consumers are scared to consume meat.

“Only 20 percent of the meat shops are currently open in the Valley and most of them reported low sales as people of other areas are also not consuming meat items,” said Anil Khadgi, president of Nepal Fish and Meat Sellers Association.

Meanwhile, chicken sellers termed the government ban on sale of meat as a “hasty, illogical move”.

“The chief district officer has taken this decision without consulting experts,” said Shreya Dhakal of the Nepal Chicken Sellers Association (NCSA). According to the association, 50,000 kg of chicken meat is being sold everyday in the Valley these days, against 250,000 kg during normal days. Price of chicken has also decreased significantly. Chicken meat was traded at Rs245-Rs250 per kg on Tuesday.

Source: eKantipur