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Culling of birds in West Bengal to complete today

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Feb 3: With culling of over 29 lakh birds, culling operation in West Bengal is likely to complete on Sunday.

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

On Saturday, 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. 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.

The State Government, Rehman 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.


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