Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa government on Friday imposed prohibition in four more districts on import of poultry and poultry-related material from West Bengal and Jharkhand in an attempt to prevent outbreak of bird flu in the State.

Prohibition under CrPC 144 was clamped on poultry import in Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Keonjhar taking the total districts under the ban order to eight, said Dr. Tanaya Ratan Pati, Deputy Director (planning) of Animal Husbandry. Poultry import was banned in Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapara and Bhadrak districts on Thursday.

About 3,200 poultry chicks were culled in Balasore district during the last two days, Dr. Pati said. While import of 2,000 chicks were detected at Laxmananath Unified Check Gate in Balasore district, 1,200 chicks were seized from a person who was said to have imported from a firm of West Bengal.