News update:May 20, 2008

China earthquake: huge damage to poultry production

The earthquake in China, which has claimed thousands of human lives, has caused enormous damage to the agricultural sector - mainly poultry and pig production. An additional consequence is the fear of the spread of disease.

Dutch agricultural newspaper Agrarisch Dagblad reports that the Chinese ministry has stated that 12.5 mln livestock have died as a result of the earthquake, mainly poultry. Approx. 792,000 pigs in the province Sichuan have been killed.
Warm season
The disaster occurred just before the beginning of the warm season where some poultry diseases are at their worst. Structural damage, together with bad accessibility caused by the earthquake and poor hygiene standards, has increased the chances of diseases spreading.
“Prevention of contagious diseases is one of our biggest priorities in the relief efforts,” said Chinese government officials.
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Agrarisch Dagblad

Editor WorldPoultry

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