Sunday, February 25, 2024

Fowl owners to be compensated

Meghalaya government would distribute the compensation to those whose fowls were culled to prevent the outbreak of avian influenza in the state.
“We are in the process of preparing the compensation package which will be handed over to fowls owners tomorrow,” Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department (AH&VD) Director Dr. D Khonglah said.
At least 1100 birds and destroying 362 eggs have been culled in the villages of Khanapara (A), Khanapara (B), Upper Gholi, Eight Mile, Patharkuchi and Maikhuli, which fall within the three-kilometer radius of Khanapara farm in Assam where cases of bird flu have been detected.
The State Government would pay Rs 75 and Rs 35 for big and small ducks respectively, Rs 50 each for local fowls and Rs 80 each for commercial poultry or broilers, Rs 20 each for chicks, Rs 6 for per kg of wasted feed and Rs 2 each for eggs.
Meanwhile, the Rapid Response Team would collect samples from fowls after conducting survey within the radius of 3 km to 10 km of the culling operations.
The samples will be sent to High Security Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (HSADL), Bhopal to confirm if there is any case of the avian flu in Meghalaya.

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