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35,000 birds expected to be culled

The authorities in Jalgaon have expanded their operation to a 10-km radius in the bird flu-affected areas.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 11:44 IST

After culling of over 3,000 chickens, the authorities in Jalgaon have expanded their operation to a 10-km radius in the bird flu-affected areas of the district.

The authorities are planning to kill 35,000 birds on Thursday.

"Yesterday, we were able to cull 3,368 birds within four hours. The culling operation, which lasted till 11 pm, involved the most affected areas under three kilometre radius," state Animal Husbandry Commissioner Bijay Kumar said.

"Today, we will extend our operations to the 10-km surveillance zone and hope to complete culling of around 35,000 birds," Bijay Kumar added.

The operation was confined to a three-km zone on Wednesday.

"The results achieved yesterday could have been higher but for Holi festival. Many people were in the celebration mood and it is not proper to get them involved in culling," Kumar said.

However, the administration got healthy response from villages where Holi was not celebrated.

"We had maximum success from Marul taluka, having a sizeable Muslim population. Here we culled 2,335 small birds and 901 large birds. We were expecting to cull 1,400 birds here. But the final count was much more due to local support," Kumar added.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 11:44 IST