Minister requires intensified control over hatching of waterfowls

VIET NAM - Farmers can resume their poultry production as the ban on hatching waterfowls will be removed on March 1, announced the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat on February 27.
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At a regular meeting of the National Steering Committee on Bird Flu Prevention and Control, Minister Phat, who is also head of the committee, urged all local authorities to continue tightening supervision and management over egg-hatching activities and newly-hatched poultry, particularly waterfowls. They were also asked to intensify bird flu prevention measures.

This year's first round of vaccination for all poultry and waterfowls will be carried out until mid March and is expected to be completed in April, said Phat, adding that Vietnam plans to import 125 million doses of vaccine in March. The first batch of 20 million doses of vaccine will be imported on Mar. 10 and will be supplied free-of-charge for small poultry-raising households.

At the meeting, the Health Ministry affirmed that Vietnam has not seen any new cases of the H5N1 virus human affection since November 14, 2005. However, all localities were required to strengthen surveillance of poultry farms, particularly those in northern Hai Duong province where a bird flu outbreak was detected on Feb. 14. However, no new outbreaks have been discovered in the province over the past nine days.

Source: Nhan Dan

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