Thai chicken producers pin hopes on zoning system
Thai chicken producers hit by further bird flu outbreaks have pinned
their hopes on a new chicken-raising zoning system, which aims to boost consumer
Livestock Development Department director-general Yukol Limlamthong said that
24 chicken producers controlling 1,677 farms had agreed to raise poultry under a
This system follows the guidelines of the World Organisation for Animal
Health (OIE) requiring farmers to raise poultry in designated areas,
facilitating biosecurity standards.
The new system would require poultry-raising facilities to be classified
under five zones, with each zone divided into easily manageable compartments.
Compartments have a common biosecurity management system controlling an
animal subpopulation with a distinct health status, regarding specific diseases
requiring surveillance and biosecurity measures for the purpose of international
According to Mr Yukol, the Livestock Development Department would soon inform
the European Union of farm improvements in Thailand. The EU, normally a major
Thai chicken importer, recently extended
an import ban on live birds until the end of this year.
Teerasak Urunanon, executive vice president, Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) has developed 856 farms under
the zoning system, while Betagro, according to Dr Nopporn Vayuchote, executive vice
president, has already installed the zoning in its 300 farms with a total
capacity of 17.5 million chickens every two months.
and information on bird flu.
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