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Contingency plan for tackling birdflu by northern states

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Chandigarh, Feb 22 (UNI) The Animal Husbandry Directors of northern states met here today to chalk out a contingency plan and common strategy in the event of outbreak of birdflu in the region.

Addressing the meeting, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister, said the awareness of the general public and sensitization of the staff about the birdflu was very important so that they were not scared of the rumours of the disease.

The meeting was attended by the Directors of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, J&K and Delhi.

All the Northern States representatives informed that during the sero-surveillance and monitoring of the disease, which was a continuous process, not a single case of birdflu case had been reported.

Mr Kang said the officials should be well prepared to meet any eventuality and asked the states to have sufficient quantity of kits, gloves, gum boots and other related material.

The Minister crticised that some states like J&K and Uttranchal had imposed a ban on movement of poultry products from states which were not affected by the birdflu virus, adding that he had taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were Mr D S Bains Punjab Secretary Animal Husbandry, Dr K S Dangi, Director, Animal Husbandry, Haryana, Dr K L Khurana Director Animal Husbandry, Delhi, Dr S C Gupta, Joint Director Jammu, Dr A V S Kohli,Joint Director, Chandigarh and Mr M K Gupta G M, Venky's India Ltd.

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