1.6L birds to be culled in Panchkula

Chandigarh, January 8

Haryana’s Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister JP Dalal has said over 1.66 lakh birds of five poultry farms in Panchkula district will be culled after poultry samples from two farms tested positive for avian flu.

Dalal said the culling operations had started following the Centre’s guidelines stipulating that poultry in farms located within 1 km of any infected farm would have to be culled. “The employees of these farms would be examined by the Health Department and administered anti-viral drugs,” the Animal Husbandry Minister asserted.

Meanwhile, avian influenza on Friday spread to six states, including Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat, with the Centre asking the authorities to mount surveillance operations and begin culling infected birds or poultry. — TNS

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