Vietnamese chicken farmers resume breeding operations
New flocks are putting the quack back into poultry farms nation-wide
after the industry was devastated in the wake of avian flu outbreaks, according
to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Having instated new regulations to assuage bird
flu fears, the ministry is starting to get the industry back on its feet.
Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy director of the ministry's Animal Breeding Department,
said the ministry kept breeding new flocks of chickens as scheduled.
But he said farmers will have to follow new practices when re-building their
farms, including breeding in concentrated areas, obtaining a licence from the
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, using new breeds with clearly
identified origin and making a commitment to use vaccines.
Breeders will have to strictly enforce veterinary hygiene and vaccinations
and periodically perform tests in line with Animal Health Agency
Son said the temporary prohibition of incubation and new breeding of geese
and ducks will remained unchanged until February 28, 2007.
He said that although the outbreak of bird flu is under control, the danger
of a new outbreak this year remains high. "We need to put it on alert to prevent
new outbreak and avoid damage for farmers."
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