4.25 Lakh birds culled in Assam
Culling operations in four bird-flu affected districts of Assam continued with more than 4.25 Lakh birds exterminated so far.india Updated: Dec 20, 2008 21:59 IST
Culling operations in four bird-flu affected districts of Assam continued on Saturday with more than 4.25 Lakh birds exterminated so far.
The H5N1 virus has struck 120 villages in seven districts and the state government disbursed Rs 1,27,85,216 as compensation to the poultry farmers, official sources said.
The state government has decided to set up an expert committee to take appropriate measures to prevent similar outbreak among the avian population in future.
The state Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department along with the district authorities launched cleanliness drive and awareness campaign in the affected districts.
The department was also maintaining a strict vigil in other districts with the authorities directed to alert any unusual death among the avian population.
The state forest department has also directed forest personnel to monitor the migratory birds visiting the state during winter.
The seven districts affected by the avian flu are Barpeta, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon, Kamrup (rural), Kamrup (metro) and Nalbari with culling already completed in the last three districts.
First Published: Dec 20, 2008 21:57 IST