Ducks in northern Malaysia have to go indoors
Perak state in northern Malaysia will require all farms
to rear ducks in an enclosed system in the wake of bird flu cases, an official
The enclosed system of rearing, as already practiced by
chicken farms, will ensure greater safety in the farms, said Minister Tajol
This move is among the measures to be taken to revitalise the
poultry industry in the state, which has been badly hit by the two separate
cases of avian influenza confirmed last Thursday.
Meanwhile, Tajol said
Perak will ban slaughtering of poultry in wet markets, adding he will hold
meetings with local poultry breeders and traders before the implementation of
the new regulations.
More than 40,000 ducks, chickens and birds have been
culled in two areas of the state since March 16.
As another blow to local
poultry industry, Singapore has suspended import of ducks from Perak, which
previously supplied about 450,000 ducks a month to the city republic, said
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