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Relax poultry ban: DMC
Published on 18 Jan. 2009 12:38 AM IST
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Following the resumption of sale of chicken and poultry products in the markets of Assam which was earlier banned after avian flu outbreak, the DMC said that it has no objection with regard to the sale of poultry products within its jurisdiction. It however added that the sale should be allowed under strict supervision of a constituted committee headed by veterinary doctors. DMC member co-in charge of the DMC Rate Control Branch, S. Vihuto Yepthomi in a statement said the relaxation of the ban on poultry would be proper as the people of Dimapur were going to Lahorijan in Assam, where the avian flu outbreak was first reported, to buy chicken and its products. Referring to media reports that the Assam government had issued a letter to all the District Veterinary Officers of Assam asking them to consider lifting of the ban in Assam after taking various precautionary measures, the DMC also appealed that the Nagaland government to set some guidelines and consider lifting of the ban. DMC said that the Dimapur citizens buying poultry from Lahorijan which is easily accessible was affecting the local market and added that it was also facing pressure from the public. Consequent upon an order from the deputy commissioner, Dimapur, the DMC has earlier informed the local farmers to sale their poultry products in local markets under the strict supervision of a constituted committee headed by veterinary doctors.

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