No law enforcing biosecurity on poultry farms
Bangladesh's bio-security is at stake due to the
outbreak of bird flu, however, officials concerned cannot take any action
against callous poultry farm owners as there is no policy or
Officials at the Dept of Livestock say that the absence of policies and
laws makes it difficult for them to force farmers to follow cautionary measures.
If someone does not maintain bio-security measures at his or her farm other
poultry farms of the area become vulnerable to avian influenza
as the government cannot force them to take
"Even if people slaughter and de-feather fowls in open spaces before taking
them to markets, we can ask them not to do so, but we cannot force them. We
cannot force them to spray disinfectants twice a day in the bird sheds and use
gloves and masks while working with poultry," said Mohammad Fazlay Rabbi Mandal
of Upazila Livestock Office in Savar.
"The situation demands a distinct poultry policy to protect our poultry
industry and we will finalise it soon," said Secretary to the Ministry of
Fisheries and Livestock Ataur Rahman, adding that the draft poultry policy has
He continued in saying that there is an act in the country that has made
registration of poultry farm owners compulsory, however, "we could not implement
According to an official, 40% of poultry farms are not following even the
bare minimum measures and procedures of bio-security. "We cannot even force the
poultry farm owner to be registered so that we can monitor their farms time to
time and take necessary steps regarding the prevention of bird flu
," said that official.
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