Culling of birds nears completion in West Bengal

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Kolkata, Feb 2 : The Animal Resources Development Ministry of West Bengal on Saturday said that with culling of over 29 lakh birds, culling operation in the state will be completed by Sunday.

Secretary of the Animal Resources Development Department of the state, D Chakraborty said culling would be completed by Sunday as per instructions by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

"We have instructed the district authorities to complete the culling operations by tomorrow or day after," Chakraborty said.

Earlier in the day, State Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rehman has said that his government plans to end culling operations in the state's bird flu-affected districts on Saturday.

After culling ends in areas hit by the avian influenza, all possible measures would be taken to disinfect the cooperatives, the residence of poultry owners and their neighbourhood, he said.

A comprehensive list containing the names of persons whose poultry had either died of the disease or culled will be compiled very soon for compensation, he said.

For compensation, no difference will be made between Above Poverty Line and Below Poverty Line families, he said.

The state government, he said, will also take up with the Centre the issue of waiving of loans for women of self-help groups who had taken bank loans for setting up poultry business.

ANI

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