JVP docs worry about Indian chicken


by Lal Gunasekera

The All Ceylon Government Medical Officers Association (ACGMOA), affiliated to the JVP, says that the chicken imported from India shouldn’t be released without a proper quality assessment.

President of the All Ceylon Government Medical Officers’ Association ( ACGMOA), Gisantha Dissanayake told The Island that the consumption of Indian chicken could cause health problems.

Director General of the Animal Husbandry Department Dr. Nimal Chandrasiri told The Island that the imported chicken and eggs would be released to the market only after quality control tests were conducted by the Medical Research Institute (MRI) and the Animal Quarantine Unit (AQU). Chandrasiri rejected claims that chicken and eggs would be released without being tested.Meanwhile, according to sources, chicken, eggs and coconut imported from India could be sold at much cheaper than the one fixed by the government.

Coconuts were being imported from India at the rate of five Indian rupees per nut (about SLR 12 ), shipping would cost one Sri Lankan rupees a nut and the government should be able to sell the Indian coconuts at Rs. 20, sources said. But the government is planning to sell them at Rs. 30 per nut.

Similarly, one kilo of Indian chicken could be bought for Rs. 100 (SLR 180) and the government should be able to sell it at Rs. 200 here, sources said. The price of imported chicken has been fixed at Rs. 350.

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