Officials slaughter 1,956 chickens in Lalitpur farm
LALITPUR, SEP 01 -
A day after local residents prevented the rapid response team (RRT) of Lalitpur from slaughtering bird flu infected chicken s, more than 1,500 fowls were culled at Bungmati-9, Khoicha, in the district on Saturday.
A total of 1,956 fowls were slaughtered at a farm belonging to Ram Govinda Maharjan. A group of locals had manhandled a member of the RRT on Friday as they were preparing to slaughter chicken s on a farm within the 1km radius of a bird flu infected farm.
Mogul Shah, veterinary chief of Lalitpur district, said that their operation went ahead smoothly as the team was backed up by over 30 Nepal Police and 30 Armed Police Force personnel.
Similarly, bird flu outbreak has been reported at a farm in Setidevi, Kathmandu. Also in Bhaktapur, the authorities culled 583 chicken s as part of their blanket slaughtering. The RRT there had slaughtered 54 local chicken s and ducks.
The valley witnessed the first outbreak in a poultry farm in Matatirtha and Chabahil on July 16 this year and the virus so far claimed over seven million chicken s in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts.
Bhaktapur was declared bird flu emergency zone on August 15. Authorities have sealed poultry farms and are swinging into action for blanket slaughtering in farms west of the Manohara river, including Mulpani, Gothatar and Pepsicola, in jungle areas near Kavre district in the east, areas demarcated by the Nagarkot jungle in the north and Nangkhel Gundu hill in the south of the district. So far over 500,000 chicken s have been slaughtered in more than 410 farms in the district.
Similarly, some areas of Kathmandu district were declared bird flu infected on August 17. Emergency zone was declared in 11 VDCs and some parts of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Kirtipur Municipality. The VDCs include Gothatar, Mulpani, Macchegaun, Chalnakhel, Thankot, Matatirtha, Satungal, Mahadevsthan, Dahachowk, Bed
Bhanjyang and Purano Naikap, while the metro areas include Ward-35 at Pepsicola and the eastern part of Kirtipur.
However, new cases have been seen in a few places apart from the emergency declared areas in Kathmandu. In the past one week, Kathmandu witnessed bird flu outbreak in Sitapaila, Sundarijal, Nayapati and Gokarna, among others.
The first bird flu outbreak in Nepal was reported in January, 2009 in Jhapa district. Since then chicken s of over 15 districts were affected by the deadly virus. The first outbreak in the valley was reported in November 2011.
Veterinary body flays attack
KATHMANDU: The Nepal Veterinary Association (NVA) on Saturday condemned the attack on Mogul Shah, veterinary office chief of Lalitpur, by local residents at Bungmati-9, Khoicha, in the district.
Shah and his teams were assaulted on Friday as they were preparing to slaughter chicken s on a farm within the 1km radius of a bird flu infected farm.
According to the government protocol on bird flu response, all the chicken s on the farm that lie within a kilometre from a bird flu affected farm have to be killed.
Issuing a statement, NVA General Secretary Dr Shita Kaji Shrestha have urged poultry farmers not to repeat such deeds as the task of mitigating the bird flu risk is a sensitive issue. “We demand that the government and the Home Ministry provide security to the technical experts and labourers of the rapid response team,” said Shrestha, calling on the government to book the guilty soon.
Posted on: 2013-09-01 08:48