Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Wednesday ordered culling of around 35,000 poultry birds in a radius of 3 kilometers from Keranga village in Khurda district following confirmation of existence of bird flu virus in the area.
On the direction of the Union Animal Husbandry Ministry, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gave his nod in favour of culling of birds in around 19 villages of Keranga from Thursday. District Collector of Khurda and Director of Veterinary Services have already been put on the job.
The Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Department said, the culling will start with immediate effect. Compensation for the poultry farmers and owners of birds has also been announced by the Government.
As per the package, poultry farmers will receive Rs 70 for each full grown bird, Rs 50 for each 5-month-old hen laying eggs, Rs 30 for a chick, and Rs 2 for an egg. Similarly, for a kg of chicken feed, Rs 6 will be paid as compensation, said Secretary, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Satyabrata Sahu.
Sufficient number of protective masks and kits have already been placed for the teams which will carry out the culling. Over 50 teams have been set for this purpose, said Sahu.
As part of precautionary measures as per the advice of visiting Central experts’, team member Tarashankar Pan of the Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biology, Kolkata, the State Government also banned supply of eggs under the midday meal scheme in the schools in a 10 km radius of Keranga village.