National policy soon for development of poultry sector

BANGLADESH - Fisheries and Livestock Adviser CS Karim yesterday said the government will formulate a national poultry policy soon for sustainable development of poultry sector in the country.
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"A committee has already been set up to formulate the policy," he said while addressing a seminar in the city.

The seminar titled 'Avian influenza: Impact on poultry industry and its prevention' was organised by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) at its auditorium.

Terming the growth of poultry industry unregulated, Karim said

The government will strengthen security system at the import points to check entering any avian influenza-infected chicks from abroad.

He said apart from state-run Biman poultry, other private sector farms are also responsible for spreading avian influenza in the country.

"It is said Biman poultry spread avian influenza. But, the virus was also spread by many other farms which imported avian influenza- infected chicks from countries from where chick import is banned," he added.

"We have the list of those farms, but I don't want to disclose their names," the adviser said.

"We will find out a working plan to help or compensate the affected poultry farm owners. But, the compensation policy will be focused on small farmers," he added.

The adviser said so far the government has detected avian influenza in 21 farms of seven districts out of three lakh farms across the country and culled some 75,000 fowls.

"It's a lesson for us. Let us learn and march forward to support the industry for a sustainable development," he added.

Source: The Daily Star

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