Gujarat: 17,000 birds to be culled after avian flu detected at poultry farm in Tapi

AS MANY as 17,000 poultry birds will likely be culled after avian flu traces have been detected at a 35-year-old farm in Uchhal city of Tapi district, situated adjoining to Maharashtra’s Navapur taluka that had witnessed a spurt in H5N1 instances just a few days in the past.

A complete of 5.78 poultry birds have been culled and 25.13 lakh eggs have been destroyed from 22 poultry farms in Navapur final week, following which Tapi Collector R J Halani had issued a notification to ban the transportation of eggs, hen and poultry farm merchandise to and from the border areas adjoining Navapur for 2 months.

In response to officers, the poultry farms in Navapur taluka, the place chicken flu instances have been detected, are situated lower than one kilometre from Uchhal city. The samples collected from the Nationwide Poultry Farm of Uchhal city throughout a checking drive, following the spurt in instances in close by areas, have been despatched to Bhopal for laboratory testing — RT-PCR check was performed on three samples.

After the check stories, which have been returned Monday, confirmed the presence of H5N1 influenza, the Animal Husbandry division deployed police groups on the Nationwide Poultry Farm, owned by Mohammed Harun Timol, and stopped transportation of birds, poultry feeds, and eggs from it.

Tapi district Animal Husbandry division deputy director Dr Akshay Shah stated, “We have now deployed police groups and intimated the staffers over there limiting their actions. The poultry feed provide has additionally been stopped. Quickly after the culling actions began in Navapur, we stopped the entry of poultry birds and eggs from Navapur to Gujarat.”

Shah stated all of the 17,000 poultry birds within the farm will likely be culled. “We have now known as a workforce, which can arrive late Monday night and from Tuesday morning the culling actions will likely be began.”

On Monday, Navapur Mamlatdar Mandar Kulkarni stated, “There are 26 poultry farms in Navapur, and between February 7 and 13, a complete of 5.78 lakh poultry birds have been culled and over 25.13 lakh eggs destroyed at 22 poultry farms. On the remaining 4 poultry farms, the assessments report had come unfavourable for H5N1 flu.”

Kulkarni stated he had met the poultry farm affiliation representatives and located that most birds and eggs from poultry farms within the taluka have been provided to totally different components of Gujarat.

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