Bhutan may enforce a ban on import of chicken meat and eggs from India if reports of death of nearly 5,000 poultry birds due to bird flu in a poultry farm in West Bengal are proved true, officials have said.
"There will be a total ban immediately, if it is confirmed," said director of the livestock department, Tenzin Dhendup. "But as of now the import is still on. Without confirming, we do not take any action," he said.
The department has already sent a veterinary doctor and a Bhutan Agriculture Food and Regulatory Authority official to Matigara in Darjeeling district where the farm is located.
Arambagh in India is the sole supplier of dressed chickens to Bhutan and there are five suppliers for eggs.
Bhutan had imposed an indefinite ban on the import of poultry and related products from India in midFebruary last year following the outbreak of H5N1 virus in poultry in Maharashtra state.