New Delhi (NVI): The Central Government today said that bird flu in crow/migratory/wild birds have been confirmed in 12 states so far, while 9 states have reported the avian influenza in poultry birds.
In a statement, the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said, “Till 27th January, outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird flu) have been confirmed in 12 States (Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab) for Crow/Migratory/ Wild birds.”
“9 States (Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab) have confirmed flu in poultry bird,” it added.
Avian Influenza has been confirmed in crow in Uttarakhand (Rudraprayag Forest Division); in Titar in Junagad (Gujarat) and in peacock in Beed (Maharashtra).
Furthermore, it has been confirmed in poultry samples from Nanded, Solapur, Pune, Ahmednagar, Buldhana, Akola, Nashik and Hingoli districts of Maharashtra; Bhavnagar district of Gujarat and Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh.
According to the ministry, compensation is being paid to farmers whose poultry birds, eggs and poultry feed are culled/disposed of by the State as per the Action Plan.
The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD), provides funds to states / UTs on a 50:50 sharing basis under ASCAD component of its LH & DC Scheme.
Maharashtra government has sanctioned a compensation package of Rs 130 Lakh for culling of poultry and other birds, eggs and poultry feed and operational cost of disease control within 1 km radius of the infected area, under the Bird Flu Disease Control Program.
In addition to this, Control and Containment Operations (Cleaning and Disinfection) are going on in the affected epicentres of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Surveillance work is continued at the places where positive results have been reported in other species of birds excluding Poultry.
The Department is taking continuous efforts to generate awareness about Avian through platforms including social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook handles.