Bird flu in Kerala: Poultry farmers to be compensated for birds culled by AHD squads

The Kerala state government Thursday, in a high-level meeting of Health and Animal Husbandry Departments, decided to complete culling operations for 3 lakh birds within three days to prevent the spread of H5N1 avian influenza and contain the outbreak. (Read: Bird flu in Kerala: 3 lakh birds to be culled within the next 3 days)

With these culling operations poultry farmers would be incurring a huge loss in their business. The government has decided to compensate them for the loss without any delay. The farmers would be compensated Rs 100 and Rs 200 per bird of less than two months and above two months of growth respectively. (Read: Bird flu in Kerala: State on high alert for spread of H5N1 avian influenza)

The compensation however, remains restricted to only birds that have been culled by the animal husbandry department (AHD) squads. Four such squads have been deployed to complete the culling operations within three days. For the safety of officials handling culling operations as a part of the AHD squads, the government has made 20,000 protective kits available for them. Additional teams have been deployed to screen birds infected with H5N1. Read more about how bird flu spreads in humans causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

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