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From September it will be mandatory for poultry in Taiwan to be raised in enclosed spaces, the country’s Council of Agriculture has announced. The measures are part of an effort to stop the spread of avian influenza that has decimated the country's poultry farms.

Enclosure is being imposed to prevent contact with migratory birds, which will begin arriving in Taiwan in September, said Chang Su-san, director-general of the council's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.

Enclosed poultry farms

"The agricultural industry must adopt more modern techniques, such as the use of enclosed facilities on poultry farms, to stop the spread of the bird flu virus," Chang said.

Poultry farmers will be given a six-month grace period to comply with the new regulation, after which fines will be imposed by local governments. However, the council will offer farmers loans at a concessionary interest rate of 1.5% to build the enclosures.

860 Taiwanese farms affected

The total number of farms affected across the country has risen to 860 since the outbreak began in mid-January, according to the bureau's statistics. About 4.17 million birds — chicken, geese and ducks — have been culled on 853 poultry farms, the data showed.

Restrictions have been imposed on the movement of birds on infected farms and the authorities have mandated that the farms must be disinfected after culling is completed. Farms within three kilometers of outbreak sites will be under surveillance for 3 months, according to the council's regulations.

The council is also considering revising the poultry farm registration system to mandate the registration of poultry farms that have at least 500 birds, instead of the minimum 3,000 at present.

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  • Yunis Said

    I think the enclosed facilities is one of the reasons that accelerate the spread of any diseases that is because of the limited space which means a limited air(Oxygen) inside the farm but when we raise our birds outside or in a free range system this means a little viruses inside a very big space of fresh air then the result will be surely to the safe side.


    The most imperative issue in the prevention, management and control of any livestock (and Poultry inclusive) disease is to understand the predisposing factors, means of spreading and other factors of its epidemiology. Pathogenicity of the pathogen, pathogenesis on the target birds and other topics of economic, pathological and social implications are secondary, while the final consumer's health, policy/ standards interest and holistic operations as applicable under environmental-friendly indicia would then fall into line. However, as much as we need to keep the industry, our society, environments, the final consumers as well as the global world is a single composite entity and we should all see it as such.

  • yunianta sawidji

    Enclosed poultry farms for prevention poultry desease is a good idea. How about poultry welfare?

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