Bengaluru, May 22 (IANS) A day after the Karnataka government announced the second leg of a two-week long lockdown, the Karnataka Poultry Farmers and Breeders Association (KPFBA) on Saturday appealed to the state government to extend the operation of chicken retail units till 2 p.m.The Covid-induced lockdown has severely impacted chicken sales across the state, KPFBA said in a statement.The poultry farmers also expressed concern that the prolonged lockdown would not only have severe financial ramifications for providing feed to the chickens for an extended period of time but will also affect the health of the birds.The statement said that there is an urgent need to sell the birds within 40 days as the chicken meat, particularly of those below 40 days, has been proved scientifically to be the healthiest for human consumption.KPFBA president Sushanth Rai said that broiler chickens have begun piling up in poultry farms across the state due to poor off-take in view of the lockdown and to prevent the spread of Covid-19."On a daily basis, an estimated 15 lakh live chickens get ready for sale in the state at 20,000 poultry farms, where they are reared; the demand has now come down drastically due to closure of hotels and restaurants, besides cancellation of marriages and other community gatherings. "And even the retail chicken shops, where the meat is available for purchase by consumers, have a limited window period for sale -- between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. As a result of this, farmers and breeders are staring at a severe financial loss," Rai added.He said that the KPFBA had sought 'urgent help' from the state government to dispose off the 'perishable' poultry products by extending the window period for sale of chickens from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to at least till 2 p.m. every day."The production expenses incurred by the farmers include the daily feed comprising of maize, soya and other raw materials, which cost about Rs 30 crore per day in the state," Rai said in a letter to the Commissioner in the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences.--IANSnbh/sdr/bg
Our lives are packed with multiple routine activities, mainly the athletes, gym goers etc and protein intake becomes essential for sustained energy. A 2017 survey shows that 73 per cent of Indians are deficient in protein while above 90 per cent are unaware of the daily requirement of protein. "Even eating 2-3 table spoons of peanut butter can give you 35 per cent of daily recommended protein intake," suggests Anand Patel, Senior Marketing Manager, Das Foodtech Private Ltd. that offers Pintola -- a 'high protein peanut butter'. Protein today is a major part of many low-carb diets. If workout is a part of one's weight loss plan, then building and repairing of muscle post workout is equally important, he says. "Peanuts are considered a good source of protein by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), providing 7g of high-quality, plant-based protein to your diet in just one ounce (or about 30-40 pieces)." One can add peanut butter in their morning smoothie with handful of oats or berries, to a peanut butter sandwich or healthy no bake peanut butter and muesli cookies, etc, he suggests. "Peanut butter can help in weight loss, but the key is to have it in moderation because it is extremely high in calorie count," he emphasises. "While peanut butter's macronutrient ratio fits one's low carb diet perfectly, beginners who have just started living the healthy lifestyle, should make it a priority to measure their peanut butter consumption to avoid overeating." A daily serving of peanut butter or peanut powder can have positive effects to help you toward your health goals, and can be the absolute snack for people venturing on the ketogenic journey, he concludes. <br> <br>(Puja Gupta can be contacted at email@example.com)--IANS<br>pg/tb/
Patna- Bird flu or avian influenza scare is having a big impact on the poultry business in Bihar with chicken sales dipping by 50-75 per cent across the state.
Kalimudin Ansari, a chicken seller at Boring Road in Patna, said that though no confirmed case of bird flu has been reported from anywhere in the state, customers are not coming to their shops.
"Customers are apprehensive about bird flu due to news reports on digital platforms, TV channels, and newspapers. Only the known customers are coming to our shops to buy chicken," Ansari said.
Another chicken seller, Shahnawaj Alam, said: "Bird flu scare has created panic among the people. Hence, our sales have gone down by 50 to 60 percent."
Chicken sellers are feeling the heat in other districts of the state as well.
The scare of bird flu gripped Bihar after chickens and crows were found dead in Muzaffarpur and Bettiah, respectively, last week.
Rajan Sharma, a resident of Khagaul in Patna district, said: "Being a non-vegetarian, I am now preferring fish ever since bird flu cases were reported in some states. Apart from chicken, I am also avoiding mutton as both are sold together in the majority of the outlets."
"The hygiene factor is always a big issue in meat outlets in Patna. The flu could also transmit through feathers and other wastes which are generally scattered in the surroundings of roadside chicken shops," said Atul Thakur, a resident of the Nageshwar colony.
"As the majority of the outlets are operating without any license from the municipal corporation, they do not have the fear of getting penalized," Thakur added.
The state government has also alerted the administrations of all the 38 districts in Bihar to keep a tab on the developments.
"We are urging people to avoid eating half-cooked non-vegetarian food. Any meat cooked at a temperature of above 70-degree Celsius is safe as the H5N1 virus does not survive then," an official of the health department said, requesting anonymity.
"Besides, we also advised them to avoid coming in contact with chicken sellers, feathers etc. We have also asked the common people to avoid going to poultry forms to buy chickens. People should wash hands with soaps and wear gloves while buying chickens," he said.
Cocoa Butter helps moisturize your skin, manage your hair, and is an excellent source of antioxidants. It also helps in boosting your immunity and helps to maintain a healthy heart. Dr. Geeta Grewal, Cosmetic Surgeon and beauty and wellness expert, lists down some of the best uses of cocoa butter.
1. Solution to Mouth Sores
If you are prone to have painful mouth sores or your lips develop recurring blisters, use a bit of cocoa butter to keep them moisturized and it will also reduce the chances of recurring. Apply every day and soon you can overcome this problem.
2. Attractive Brunettes
If you want to make your brunettes attractive by adding some sheen and a tint of color to the hair, a cocoa hair mask is something to try out. Mix a cup of pure aloe vera gel, 1/2 cup of pure cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of honey, 1 tablespoon of favorite conditioner (like Suave Coconut). Mix the ingredients in a bowl and you're left with a bouncy, shiny, and great smelling chocolate treatment for brunettes.
3. Helpful for Removing Stretch Mark
If your skin is having stretch marks then cocoa butter is the best way to lighten its mark. Cocoa butter is a thick genuine fat that dissolves at body temperature. Clean the stretch mark part of your skin with soap and let them dry by way of a towel. Apply sufficient amounts of cocoa butter to wrap your stretch marks. Massage the cocoa butter onto your skin in spherical movement until and unless it's soaked up. It's an easy and home treatment to overcome the stretch marks whether it is due to increasing fat or pregnancy.
4. Freedom from Frizzy Hair
You can use cocoa butter to style your hair and keep frizz away as well. Especially in winter one tends to have rough hair, to make it shiny and overcome the frozenness just rub a small amount of cocoa butter in your palms, and smooth over. You can mix a bit of coconut oil or essential oil with it to give it a scent as well.
5. Cure Skin Replenish Problems
If you have any skin-replenishing problem like burns, eczema or infection then rub a small amount of pure cocoa butter into burnt skin to overcome the bruises. Make sure it doesn't contain any alcohol, fragrances, or other additives that end up making the skin even more inflamed and sensitive. It should be pure.
6. Lighten the Scars
You can get a smooth texture to your skin as cocoa butter enters the dermis of the skin and helps to fade the scars, marks, or sunspots on the skin. It has rich anti-oxidizing properties and it is popular for effectiveness in the skincare routine. It has calming properties that have nutritional value and can be easily absorbed. Cocoa butter contains vitamin E and helps in repairing the skin.
7. Smooth Shaves
Prefer cocoa butter for the smooth and non-irritating shave. While shaving mix a bar form of cocoa butter with shave lotions that are absolutely according to your preference. Cocoa butter is good for skin especially when you are shaving in winter, skin becomes rough and dead. So, it will leave your skin incredibly smooth.
8. Heals cracked skin
If your skin is sensitive in winter then try cocoa to heal dead and peel skin. Especially the skin of hands and legs are sensitive and are cracked as it loses its moisture, apply some cocoa butter, and nourish your cracked and dry skin within a week.
9. Upgrade Immunity
As research shows that cocoa butter is helpful in boosting one's immune system. Incorporating more cocoa butter into your diet and lifestyle can also encourage hormonal balance. Some of the medical conditions in which it benefits are mood disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and many more.
If you are so tired or want to unwind from a stressful day go for a long bath. Cocoa butter is an amazing addition to a warm bath. Not only will you enjoy the deep, rich scent of vanilla and chocolate, but your bath becomes a silky smooth haven from life's stress. Drop about 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter in the warm water or you can add and spice up your bath by adding your favorite oil and feel the stress melt away. The same thing can be done for foot soak to heel the dry feet.
11. Good for Heart Health
Cocoa butter reduces the risk of heart attack as it helps with fat metabolism. Recent research is disputing the previous mindset that all fats are bad but we can introduce healthy fats into our diets by adding cocoa butter in our diet. The polyphenolic component of cocoa butter is not bad for heart patients as it can be preferred in the diet.
Cocoa: Health Benefits, Uses, Dosage, and Side Effects
Mumbai, Jan 11 (IANS) Sparking huge concerns, bird-flu has entered Maharashtra in a big way after test reports confirmed the deaths of several hundreds chicken and others birds due to the H5N1 Avian influenza infection commonly known as bird flu in five districts last week, officials said here on Monday.As per the report of the ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (ICAR-NIHSAD), Bhopal, samples of chicken, crows, parrots, Herons and Pond Egrets have tested positive for the virus.The spread includes among hens and Herons in Parbhani, crows in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Beed, Pond Egret and Parrots in Thane, as per the report by ICAR-NIHSAD Director V.P. Singh.Parbhani District Disaster Management Officer Pawan Khandge said that the blood samples of 800 chicken found dead in Murrumba village on Friday, were sent to the government's veterinary college here and later the reports from the ICAR-NIHSAD proved the avian influenza."The concerned district authorities are visiting the affected village for a survey and later Collector Deepak M. Mugalikar shall take the decision to declare a containment zone and other suitable precautions to prevent further spread of the bird-flu," Khandge told IANS.However, Animal Husbandry Minister Sunil Kedar said that contrary to rumours there is no ban on sale of poultry products like eggs or chicken as of now and the state government is in a state of high alert.The state health authorities held a high-level meeting of officials from different departments to assess the situation arising out of the new threat to both animals and humans amid reports of similar poultry birds' deaths from various districts."The samples from Parbhani were sent to Bhopal (ICAR-NIHSAD) and the news is not good," said Kedar, even as Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has summoned an urgent meeting to discuss the bird-flu situation this evening.Besides Maharashtra, the other states hit by the avian influenza include Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala with a confirmed outbreak.The bird virus has hit the sales and consumption of eggs and chicken and other poultry products in a big way in Maharashtra, with prices tumbling by nearly 35-50 per cent.Simultaneously, this has led to a shift in consumption with people opting for mutton or fish products which have shown increased demand and prices moving up, according to retailers.--IANSqn/rs
Parbhani (Maharashtra), Jan 11 (IANS) Bird flu has entered Maharashtra after test reports confirmed the deaths of over 800 chickens due to the infection in the Murrumba village in Parbhani district last week, officials said here on Monday.District Disaster Management Officer Pawan Khandge said the blood samples of the chicken found dead on Friday, were sent to the government's veterinary college here and later the reports proved the infection."The concerned district authorities are visiting the affected village for a survey and later Collector Deepak M. Mugalikar shall take the decision to declare a containment zone and other suitable precautions to prevent further spread of the bird-flu," Khandge told IANS.The state health authorities held a high-level meeting of officials from different departments to assess the situation arising out of the new threat to both animals and humans.However, Animal Husbandry Minister Sunil Kedar said contrary to rumours there is no ban on sale of poultry products like eggs or chicken as of now and the state government is in a state of high alert.--IANSqn/dpb