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15.75 lakh birds culled in West Bengal

india Updated: Jan 27, 2008 19:25 IST

Some 15.75 lakh poultry have been culled so far out of the target of 22 lakh, West Bengal Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rehman said in Kolkata on Sunday.

"Of the targeted 22 lakh we have been able to cull nearly 15.75 lakh hens and cocks and 1.25 lakh have died. The rest of the lot will be completed by tomorrow," Rehman told a press conference in Kolkata with Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta.

"Four districts - South Dinajpur, Nadia, Burdwan and Bankura have completed their culling operations."

In the remaining districts culling will be completed soon, Rehman said.

The state government has sent 816 more samples for testing and results will come by Monday.

"If there are any positive samples then we will have to increase the surveillance in the area. So at present we cannot say that the thing is over but the situation is definitely under control," he added.