Jammu & Kashmir imposes ban on poultry import

KASHMIR - With the deadly bird flu reaching India, the Jammu & Kashmir government on Sunday imposed a ban on the import of poultry birds from outside the state.

The ban will be in place for be 10 days and will be reviewed after recommendations from the recently constituted task force on bird flu.

A state level task force, headed by J&K Chief Secretary Vijay Bakaya, was constituted shortly after first case of bird flu surfaced in south east Asia. The task force is functional at the divisional and district levels and also to check outbreak of the disease in the state.

The ban was imposed on the recommendations of the task force. “This is the best that could be done at this point of time as cases of bird flu have already started surfacing in India,”Deputy Director Poultry development, Farooq Ahmed Kaloo, told Business Standard.

The Minister for Animal Husbandry Taj Mohiuddin said there was no need to panic as the whole of north India continued to be free from the disease. He said the government had taken all preventive measures to check infiltration of diseased animals into the state.

Source: business-standard.com
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