Bhubaneswar: As many as 20,000 poultry birds were culled on the first day of the culling operation that began in the State capital at the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) on Sunday.
“The culling operation was conducted by about 40 experts and veterinary personnel till late afternoon,” said Benudhar Dash, Director,Fisheries and Animal Resources Development.
Culling is likely to continue for three-four days, he added.
Although it was earlier planned that the culling process will continue simultaneously at the CPDO and the bird farm at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) on Sunday, the culling process could begin only at CPDO. The culling process at OUAT will begin from today.
As many as five surveillance teams were engaged by the veterinary wing for the culling process. The Health Department had provided chemo-prophylaxis to the 50 persons engaged in handling, culling, transporting and burying the dead birds.
The Government has also planned to cull about 10,000 fowls present within three km area of the CPDO.
The Government has restricted the movement of poultry and related products from the area to prevent the spread of infection after it received the lab report on Friday.
It is noteworthy to mention that the State had culled thousands of poultry birds earlier after bird flu cases were detected in Khurda and Mayurbhanj districts.