Poultry farms unwilling to cull bird flu-infected birds
Several poultry farms in the cities of Rawalpindi and
Islamabad are unwilling to cull their birds infected by bird flu after facing
long delays in getting the compensation money from the
After the detection of bird flu
in farms, the government has to pay owners
compensation of 75% of the cost of production of the poultry culled. During the
most recent bird flu outbreak, some farmers had to cull hundreds of their birds
to prevent the spread of the virus; however, the government was unable to pay
them compensation on time.
Dr Rafiqul Hassan Usmani, official spokesman of the Ministry of Food,
Agriculture and Livestock (Minfal): â€œYes, there was a bit of delay in
disbursement of compensation money last time. That's why some of the poultry
farms, where bird flu was detected on May 23, had created some problems, but we
have settled everything with them now.â€
Authorities have recently culled some 18,500 birds infected with the virus
in five farms located in the poultry pockets of Rawalpindi and Islamabad,
however, there are over 60 farms in different poultry areas, and only their full
cooperation can stop the spread of the disease.
It has been reported that some of the five farms in Chak Shahzad, in which
bird flu had hit broilers, chickens and peacocks, were unwilling to cooperate
with the government. They fear that the infected birds could make to the market
and ultimately with consumers.
During the last bird flu crisis in Pakistan, poultry farms faced over Rs10
billion (€120 million) losses and the government was unable to compensate
farmers. Later, the association developed a strategy to deal with the issue by
creating artificial decrease in the production of the poultry to increase prices
and regain the lost money. They said even now the authorities feared an
artificial decrease in production by the association, which could increase
chicken prices even amidst the news of the spread of bird flu.
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