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Thursday, January 12, 2012

India : Bird flu - Culling in place at Khurda district of Orissa

Via The Asian Age :

" In a bid to check spread of bird flu, Odisha government on Thursday began culling of fowls within three km radius of Keranga in Khurda district as advised by the Centre, official sources said.

"The culling of poultry has been launched at a private firm in Keranga and nearby areas," Sanjeet Kumar, central government's Nodal Officer for culling, said while supervising the operation in the field.

While one team had been pressed into service for culling work at the private firm having about 28,000 poultry, another group was busy in nearby villages.

Stating that the entire operation was undertaken with adequate precaution and safeguards, Kumar said two 12-feet deep pits have been dug to bury the culled birds

Though locals initially protested the slight delay in starting the culling, work later progressed in full swing. District Collector Roopa Mishra also visited the area to monitor the culling, official sources said."

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