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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 14th February 2005

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We start this week in Vietnam where there has been no new human bird flu cases in the past two weeks and outbreaks among poultry have dropped significantly, officials said Monday - a possible indication that the virus is waning. Twelve Vietnamese people have died of bird flu since Dec. 30, while a Cambodian woman died in a hospital in Vietnam last month after contracting the virus. Four other bird flu patients at Hanoi's Bach Mai Hospital later recovered and were discharged, a doctor there said Monday.

Rising numbers of cases of avian flu in Asia are fueling fears of a global outbreak. The disease appears to be resurfacing in the region, and health officials worry that they do not have the tools to fight it. A mutation that allows the disease to pass from person to person could be the spark that sets off a worldwide pandemic. Only a concerted and speedy international response can provide the protection needed, the Japan Times says in an editorial.

In Thailand, 100,000 doses of avian flu vaccine have been prepared for domestic use if there is any serious outbreak of the disease in the kingdom, the Deputy Public Health Minister said last Wednesday. The government has taken these precautions because of widespread worries about the possible return of avian flu in the country’s poultry, said Dr. Suchai.

In China, the Ministry of Agriculture have announced that it has granted safety certificates and production licenses for two bird flu vaccines. The vaccines will be used to immunise birds in China and help curb the spread of bird flu.
     The first vaccine uses a version of H5N1 that has been made inactive by deleting key genes. The second is vaccine is composed of a fowl-pox virus that has been modified to contain selected genes from H5N1. Both vaccines trigger the bird's immune system, without causing an infection.

Chicken is definitely back on Singapore's dining tables this Lunar New Year period, after the bird flu scare last year, according to Elite KSB . The major chicken supplier says sales of chickens have risen 10 to 20 percent this holiday season as Singaporeans usher in the Year of the Rooster. Last Lunar New Year, the bird flu virus plagued Asia and some Singaporeans chose to avoid chicken dishes during the festive period. But one year later, it looks like chicken dishes are back on the menu.

In Burma, a total of 6,700 ducks in a village have died of blood poisoning, the local Myanmar Times reported. The death of these ducks at Katoke-Phayagi village last month was due mainly to failure to vaccinate the birds against septicemia, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department was quoted as saying. However, the disease stopped spreading after nearly 6,000 other ducks were vaccinated in a five-kilometer radius around the affected area, livestock officials said, adding that 5,000 more ducks in the area are planned for same treatment.

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In India, there is a ray of hope for the unorganised and ailing dairy and poultry units in the country. A Centrally-sponsored scheme termed as Dairy/Poultry Venture Capital Fund is being initiated by the Department of Animal Husbandry. Under this scheme, interest-free loans up to 50% of the project cost will be provided to farmers by banks.
     The components under the VC fund can be used for establishment of poultry breeding farm with low input technology bird, establishment of feed godown, feed mill, feed analytical laboratory, marketing of poultry products with specialised transport vehicles and cold room facilities, egg grading, packing and storage for export, retail poultry dressing unit upto 300 birds per day, egg/broiler carts for sale of poultry products, and a central grower unit.

In Australia, three top poultry producers have caved in to consumer demand and will stop feeding genetically engineered soy protein to their chickens. Poultry producers Inghams, Steggles and Baiada, which produce 80 per cent of the country's poultry, will now source chicken feed, which is not genetically modified, from countries like Brazil, reports ABC.net.au.
See also: Poultry giants quail at gene food protests

In the US, with a population of 43.5 million and $630 billion in annual spending power, the Hispanic market cannot be ignored, said Ozzie Godinez of Chicago-based Hispanic-focused marketing communications firm The San Jose Group. As part of the 2005 National Turkey Federation annual convention here, Godinez gave a presentation analyzing Hispanic consumers and, more specifically, the opportunities they may offer the turkey industry.

Britain's first manure driven power station is facing closure despite generating enough electricity for 1,000 homes from little more than cowpats. The project, which has won several environmental awards, was funded partly by the taxpayer but was forced into administration after the German company that built the plant went bust. The plant was also facing a £250,000 bill to contain unpleasant smells seeping from its giant slurry pit.

Significant saving in interest charges should be possible if the Rural Payments Agency achieves its objective of making the new single farm payment available in Euros. At a recent DEFRA briefing, the RPA revealed that it is seeking permission from Brussels for farmers to receive their SFPs either in sterling or in euros.
     It is hoped this will be approved in time for 2005 payments. "Once in place, farmers will then have the opportunity to take out euro-loans from their banks without any exchange rate risk," said Barclays agricultural policy director Euryn Jones.

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In South Africa, Rainbow Chicken, the broiler chicken and animal feed business, warned shareholders yesterday that earnings for the year to March would be lower due to the poor performance of its broiler operations and the declining maize price. The group said yesterday that "earnings...for the year...are likely to be lower than the previous year". The scale of the poor performance has not yet been quantified.

In India, pollution levels in air, water and immediate environment have gone up affecting quality of life, reports NewsToday. In a way, the rapid advancement of technology has resulted in deterioration of the environment around us, and we need affordable and sustainable products and systems to work in the reduction of rising pollution levels, said Professor E Balagurusamy, Anna University.
     Speaking at the launch of Eco Bio Block (EBB), a cluster of volcanic porous rocks infused with active microbes, he said that the introduction of EBB for the first time in India would help in the fight against pollution of water bodies such as rivers, lakes and tanks, besides recycling aquarium and household sewage and agriculture waste by doing away with organic effluents.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

We have 5 features this week.

China’s New Farm Subsidies
By Fred Gale, Bryan Lohmar, and Francis Tuan for the USDA's Economic Research Service - In 2004, China entered a new era in its approach to agricultural policy, as it began to subsidize rather than tax agriculture. China introduced direct subsidies to farmers, began to phase out its centuries-old agricultural tax, subsidized seed and machinery purchases, and increased spending on rural infrastructure.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - February 2005
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

Japan's Poultry and Products Semi-Annual Overview - February 2005
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2005 report for Japan. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.

Hong Kong Poultry and Products Semi-Annual Overview - February 2005
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2005 report for Hong Kong. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.

Russia Poultry and Products Semi-Annual Overview - February 2005
By the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service - This article provides the poultry industry data from the USDA FAS Poultry and Products Semi-Annual 2005 report for Russia. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have ommited from this article.

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That's all for this week.

Ed.


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