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It will estimate the losses sustained by farmers owing to bird flu scare It will estimate the losses sustained by farmers owing to bird flu scare

22 teams will cover 137 poultry unitsThey will collect information on bank loans taken by farmersThe Karnataka Meat and Poultry Marketing Cooperative will assess compensation to be paid to farmers

Madikeri: A survey of all poultry farms in Kodagu district began last week to determine the extent of loss, in terms of the drop in the sale of chicken, following the bird flu scare.

The Karnataka Meat and Poultry Marketing Cooperative, Bangalore, has sought details to assess the quantum of compensation to be paid to poultry farmers.

As many as 22 teams have fanned out to various parts of the district to estimate the losses sustained by poultry farmers in 137 poultry units. Each unit had between 500 and 3,000 birds, the Deputy Director of the Department of Animal Husbandry, M.T. Manjunath, told The Hindu on Wednesday.

Loan details collected

Information on bank loans obtained by the poultry farmer, outstanding loans, interest accrued on loans, expenditure incurred on electricity and other details were being collected. The cooperative would place a report before the State Government seeking compensation, Dr. Manjunath said.

The survey report was likely to be submitted by June-end, Dr. Manjunath said. There was no outbreak of bird flu or related diseases in Kodagu in recent times, he said.

The Department of Animal Husbandry here had been sending blood samples of poultry to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal, following the bird flu scare.

Blood samples checked

Blood samples were drawn from poultry in three villages Tannimani, Cherangala and Bhagamandala all within a 10-km range of Talacauvery bird sanctuary area in Kodagu. Samples were collected from those villages because it was feared that migratory birds might spread the avian influenza virus among local birds.

As many as 373 samples from the three villages collected once a week were tested in Bhopal. All tested negative, he said. The checks would continue for three more months, he added.

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