Indonesia, China to cooperate in eradicating bird flu

CHINA - Indonesia and China plan to forge cooperation in eradication of avian influenza (AI) which has attacked poultry in both countries, local media on Saturday quoted official sources as saying.

Tri Satya Putri Naipospos, director of animal health at the Agriculture Ministry's directorate general of animal husbandry, said in Jakarta on Friday that the cooperation between the two countries will take the form of exchange of experts and in AI vaccine production.

"We’re still studying the cooperation," Tri Satya said while briefing reporters on the result of her recent visit to China.

She also said that the two countries needed to forge formal cooperation on the import of AI vaccines product from China.

In the meantime, the official said that the planned culling of AI-infected pigs in Tangerang, Banten, would not be effective in eradicating the AI virus.

"The key to eradicate bird flu lies in poultry because these animals are the source of the spreading of the virus" she said.

Source: Xinhua
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