Poultry from State can be sent with disease-free certification

Kerala has relaxed curbs that it had imposed earlier on the movement of poultry and poultry products from Karnataka following the avian influenza outbreak recently at the Central Poultry Development Organisation at Hesarghatta, near here.

The Kerala Government has now agreed to allow poultry from Karnataka if it was certified as “disease free” from the department, Arvind Jannu, Prinicipal Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, told The Hindu here on Wednesday. “We can send poultry to Kerala from tomorrow if it is certified as free from disease by the Deputy Director, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries,” he added.

Earlier, the poultry industry had claimed that it had been losing up to Rs. 10 crore a day after the Kerala Government banned poultry from Karnataka.

According to industry estimates, the total losses exceeded Rs. 150 crore, as Kerala banned poultry from Karnataka on the one hand and consumers here stayed away from chicken on the other, resulting in a steep fall in the price of chicken.

Acknowledging that the movement of poultry to Kerala had commenced, Business Manager, National Egg Coordination Committee, K. Giridhar said that the local demand as well as prices for chicken had improved.

Demand for eggs

“The ban had affected poultry movement from Mangalore and Mysore region and our estimation is that the losses could be between Rs. 150 crore and Rs. 200 crore. We are hoping things would become normal in the coming weeks,” he said and added that eggs were in good demand.

Meanwhile, Bangalore Rural Deputy Commissioner M.K. Aiyyappa said that the bird flu virus had been contained in time with 35,000 chicken culled and scientifically buried.

“After a week, we are likely to declare the whole area safe,” he said.

  • Poultry from State had been banned

  • It followed bird flu outbreak at CPDO