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Bird flu: Centre asks states not to ban import of poultry from other states

Spl Correspondent NEW DELHI, JAN 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/13/2021 12:11:12 PM IST

Even as the outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed in ten states till now, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying has requested the states to reconsider decision to ban import of poultry and poultry products from other states.

Observing that many states were banning poultry and poultry products from other states, the ministry said such move would add to the negative impact on the poultry industry. According to the ministry, cases of Avian Influenza (bird flu) have been confirmed in ten states as on 13 January, 2021. 

Further, cases of unnatural mortality of birds have been reported in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir and four districts of Jharkhand.

On January 12, 2021, a video conferencing was organised under the chairmanship of secretary, DAHD and was attended by representatives from 17 states. Through the meeting, states were advised to efficiently manage the spread of Avian Influenza in their respective states in accordance with the Action Plan 2021. 

To deal with the situation the states were asked to coordinate with the department of health and forest and sensitize them about the issue. 

States were also asked to maintain sufficient supply of protective equipment and maintain bio-security measures in poultry farms. 

States were directed to identify BSL-II labs at the state level for speeding up the identification of infection in the state and timely introduction of control mechanism. States were also asked to ensure that the infection does not spread among poultry, as it would have a high economic cost for poultry farmers.

Awareness generation activities through advertisements, seminar etc. are being conducted by several states. The states were encouraged to continue such awareness generation activities with support from their state directorate of I&PR and were assured about availability of funds for such activities.

 

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