Bhubaneswar: Around 18,000 poultry birds
were culled on Sunday in the state capital following detection of
avian flu in a farm of the Central Poultry Development
Organisation (CPDO) here.
The culled birds were buried in a huge pit dug for the
purpose and elaborate arrangements made for disinfecting the
area, a senior official in Fisheries and Animal Resources
Development department said.
Out of the over 18,000 birds culled on the first day
of the operation carried out at the CPDO, about 15,000 were
chicks meant for supply to different poultry farms in the
state, the official said.
Ten rapid response teams (RRT) have been formed to handle
the situation. While five teams have been engaged in the
culling operation, the rest were creating awareness among
people urging them to cooperate in the process.
The culling operation was launched a day after the state
government received an advisory from the Centre to eliminate
poultry birds at the CPDO farm and a three km radius area
around it, he said.
The operation was likely to be completed in three days,
he said, adding the CPDO farm housed about 30,000 fowl,
including many rare varieties used for breeding.
After completion of culling at CPDO, the RRT members
would fan out across three km radius to cull birds raised in
the domestic sector, particularly slum areas.
H5N1 virus was reported at the farm after culling took
place at Keranga in Khurda district and Betanati in Mayurbhanj
district last month, according to Fisheries and Animal
Resources Development Secretary Satyabrata Sahu.