Avian flu: 1.05 lakh more birds culled in Maharashtra farms

In one of many largest culling workouts since chicken flu instances have been reported in Maharashtra, 1.05 lakh hens in 5 poultry farms in Nandurbar district’s Navapur have been culled on Monday. It takes the full variety of birds culled in Navapur to 1.47 lakh to date.

The train started on Sunday through which over 42,000 birds have been culled after instances of avian influenza or chicken flu have been confirmed within the poultry farms within the area. The 5 farms the place culling is being accomplished have a complete of 1.74 lakh hens. On Monday, the district administration mentioned stories on samples from three extra poultry farms too have come constructive for chicken flu. These three farms have a complete 1.31 lakh hens and authorities mentioned these birds might be culled as effectively.

There are 27 poultry farms in Navapur, the poultry hub of Maharashtra that provides hens to Surat and different adjoining areas, with a complete 9.71 lakh hens in all. Of the 27, 16 farms fall beneath the contaminated zone, which is one km radius from a farm the place birds have examined constructive. There are a complete of 4.90 lakh hens in these 16 farms.

Dr Rajendra Bharud, district collector of Nandurbar, mentioned in all 80 groups together with from neighbouring districts have been deployed for the culling. “The culling of hens is occurring at 5 poultry farms. The stories of different farms are awaited and additional motion on culling of hens might be taken up after receiving the stories,” mentioned Bharud.

Every staff consists of 4 individuals — livestock improvement officer, livestock supervisor and two peons. The groups have been given PPE kits and Tamiflu. The authorities can even be destroying the eggs and chicken feed on the farms. Preliminary estimates counsel 2.5 lakh to three lakh eggs might be destroyed in these farms.

The federal government, in the meantime, has introduced compensation of Rs 90 for each chicken that’s culled, Rs 3 per egg destroyed and Rs 12 per kg of destroyed birdfeed.

Nevertheless, poultry farm house owners say the compensation is insufficient and the outbreak has struck a dying blow to Navapur’s poultry trade. “After the culling, poultry farm house owners will not be allowed to deliver any new chicken for at the very least three months and it might take one other 2-3 months to begin the enterprise. It is going to additionally render our 10 labourers jobless for at the very least six months. Whereas we now have incurred in all Rs 4 crore loss, the federal government compensation just isn’t ample to get better the losses. The federal government should improve ample compensation and that too on the earliest,” mentioned Vasim Belesaria, proprietor of Sahyog poultry farm the place round 47,000 hens are being culled.

Navapur, which is thought for layer poultry farming i.e., elevating egg-laying poultry birds for business egg manufacturing, was the epicentre of the chicken flu outbreak within the state in 2006. Almost 10 lakh birds have been culled or died in Navapur after the outbreak in 2006. Nevertheless solely 2.53 lakh birds have been culled beneath authorities supervision.

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