Bird Flu: Culling of birds begins at the State Capital
Bird Flu: Culling of birds begins at the State Capital
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Saturday decided to go for culling of fowls in the State capital from today after the detection of avian influenza in a farm of the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) on Saturday.

With the direction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Odisha Government gave its nod in favour of culling of birds from today. The Fisheries and Animal Resources department has asked the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Khurda District Administration to chalk out plans and to carry out the culling process.

About 30,000 birds in the CPDO will be killed during the culling process in different phases.

Meanwhile the State Government has announced that compensation for birds, eggs and poultry feed to be destroyed will be paid on-the-spot to private parties and individuals.

Since the area in the 3-km radius has been declared as alert zone, all poultry birds and product shops in about 29 wards of the BMC are closed down. The culling process in the wards will begin on Monday.

It is noteworthy to mention that, H5N1 virus was detected in the State capital after culling took place at Keranga in Khurda district and Betanati in Mayurbhanj district last month.

The High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL)at Bhopal had confirmed bird flu virus from one of the samples out of the three sent from the CPDO farm on Saturday.