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Assam bird culling misses deadline
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Published on 18 Dec. 2008 12:20 AM IST
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The culling operation to control bird flu in Assam is not going according to plan. And the government blames the locals for it, reports NDTV. "There is tremendous resistance by farmers. I believe if we can finish culling by December 16 then we can overcome this. That's our focus area," said Himanta Biswa Sharma, Health Minister. Farmer resistance is still very strong. In Bamunigaon village in Kamrup, there was poultry all over the place. "Now they will take our ducks away and we won't even have money to buy pencils for our children," said Haren Das, a villager. But Das finally gave in as he knew that after the deadline of December 16, he won't get any compensation. Now, there are others joining him reluctantly. "Earlier, our teams were sent back but now it seems they are giving in after compensation has been increased," said Dr Gogoi, the culling supervisor. The virus was first detected in Kamrup, but it has taken almost 20 days for culling even to begin in certain parts of the district. For example, in Bamunigaon, just because people wouldn't cooperate has caused the virus to spread across the state and perhaps even outside the state.

 
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