Indian States need to implement relief packages for poultry farmers
Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food
and Public Distribution called upon the State Governments to implement the
central package for poultry farmers.
He said that the Government would have no hesitation in making improvements
in the package in case of any practical difficulties.
conference of State Secretaries and Directors of Animal Husbandry on Avian
Influenza, the Minister said that although the poultry industry had suffered
heavily because of the outbreak of bird flu this year, India would be in a
position to declare the country free from this disease very soon. The State
Governments should extend all possible help to poultry farmers to tide over
their distress and implement the relief packages effectively, he
Shri Pawar pointed out the need for taking necessary steps for
containing outbreak of any poultry disease in future. The State Governments
should promptly bring to the notice of central government any complex disease
situation and should act as per the action plan provided by the central
government to ensure that adverse impact to poultry industry is minimized.
Effective awareness campaigning should also be taken up to remove any misgivings
in the minds of the people.
India remained free from avian influenza
till mid-February 2006. Avian Influenza has been circulating for centuries with
four known outbreaks recorded in the last century itself. The present wave of
Avian Influenza commenced in Hongkong in 1997. The first outbreak in India
occurred in 2006 and was notified on February 18, 2006.
the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Government of
India (DADF) had prepared an action plan. The draft plan was discussed in a
meeting held with the State Secretaries of Animal Husbandry under the
chairpersonship of Secretary DADF in New Delhi on October 26, 2005 and
thereafter circulated to the states.
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