The bird flu has spread to 10 states of the country. Six of these states, including Delhi, have closed poultry markets and banned their movement. Taking this seriously, the central government called on states to implement scientific advice on bird flu. Recommendations issued by states state that the bird flu virus is not spread to chickens or eggs.
Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Milk Giriraj Singh said the virus from migratory birds had also spread to domestic wild birds in some places. The government has already sent precautionary advice to all states on this, which needs to be implemented. He said that due to the short-sightedness of the local government, the condition of corn and soybean farmers, along with poultry farmers, has begun to deteriorate.
Singh, who held a press conference here on Monday, said that due to lack of awareness in the states, there was a lot of panic in many places. People avoid eating chicken and eggs. As a result, the state of the poultry industry began to deteriorate, first because of the crown and now because of bird flu. This has a direct impact on farmers.
Avian flu has spread to 10 states
Adopted in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Kerala. Six of these states have stopped the movement of poultry products in the state as well. Among them, such a ban was imposed in three districts of Haryana, five districts of Himachal Pradesh, all districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. While the arrival of poultry from outside in Delhi is prohibited. Ghazipur Murga Mandi has been closed for 10 days. Union Minister Singh said that such captivity causes panic among the people, while the situation is not so.
Keep consumers and farmers in mind as you decide
Union Minister Giriraj Singh has written a detailed letter to the chief ministers of all states on the issue, citing his advisory sent on 22 October 2020, advising them to take precautions. He said the Center has sent such recommendations to states from time to time. But people didn’t pay attention to him. States should also consider the effects on farmers, along with the health of ordinary consumers, with scientific advice before making any decision.
The birds died in the Dumka district of Jharkhand
A large number of crows, myna and herons were found dead in a village in the Dumka district of Jharkhand. This has increased the possibility of bird flu in the area. Awadhesh district livestock officer Kumar Singh said 40-50 birds were found dead in the village of Pokharia, near Mohulpahari, in the Shikaripada police station area on Monday. He said the incident caused panic among locals as they feared an outbreak of bird flu in the area. Singh said the samples were collected and sent to Ranchi for examination. He said that only after the report can it be confirmed that it is bird flu or another cause of death.
Prime Minister Modi called on all states to be cautious
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on all states to be vigilant after confirming the spread of bird flu in 10 states. The Prime Minister called on effective state governments to ensure that local bodies monitor the reservoirs, zoos and poultry farms in their region. He also asked the district secretaries to inform the district officials about the necessary guidelines. The prime minister also questioned those states where bird flu has not spread.