Ghazipur poultry market to reopen after samples test negative for bird flu

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

Mumbai's civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a set of guidelines on Monday in light of samples of two crows from Mumbai testing positive for bird flu.

Speaking to ANI, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, "Orders have been issued to ban the transportation of poultry from Maharashtra and Karnataka into Goa".

The results come a day after civic authorities imposed a temporary ban on sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken meat in view of the bird flu situation. Chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys are among the poultry birds bred by farmers for their eggs and meat. "Whosoever defies the order, his/her trade licence will be suspended". The ministry said States were also directed to identify BSL-II labs at the state level for speeding up the identification of infection in the state and timely introduction of control mechanism.

Amid the spread of bird flu in the ten states across the country, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (MFAHD) on Wednesday asked all the states not to ban the supply of poultry and poultry products from other states, stating that it would cause "negative impact" on the poultry industry.

Out of the eight samples, four were found from a park in Mayur Vihar Phase 3, three from Sanjay Lake and one from Dwarka, Dr Rakesh Singh from the animal husbandry unit of the Delhi Development Department said.

Authorities had on Saturday closed three recreational parks at Hauz Khas, Dwarka Sector 9 and Hastsal and Sanjay Lake as a precautionary measure. The poultry market in Ghazipur has also been shut down temporarily. "Have directed to open the poultry market & withdraw the orders to restrict trade & import of chicken stocks", the chief minister tweeted. He had said that unfounded rumours about poultry products could have a cascading impact on the rural economy.

As per the directives under "Avin influenza action plan to control and prevent revised guidelines 2021", the dead birds have to be disposed off by burying them in a pit, the BMC said. As this would add to the negative impact on the poultry industry, the states were requested to reconsider such a decision. Since January 6, prices of broiler chicken have crashed from around Rs 82 to Rs 58 per kg in Maharashtra, Rs 94 to Rs 65 in Gujarat, and Rs 80 to Rs 70 in Tamil Nadu.

"Considering the serious situation and the possibility of spread of the disease to humans and other domesticated animals, birds, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change has requested all states to take all possible steps for containing the spread of the disease", the health department's letter said.

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