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Residents seek steps to combat fly menace

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Demand shifting of poultry farm from the locality

Unhygienic:Houseflies on a plate of food in houses of residents of Sembakoundanvalasu at Ganapathipalayam Panchayat in Erode.—PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
Unhygienic:Houseflies on a plate of food in houses of residents of Sembakoundanvalasu at Ganapathipalayam Panchayat in Erode.—PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Residents of nearly 100 houses at Sembakoundanvalasu village in Ganapathipalayam Panchayat and Periyavethipalayam village in Eenjampalli Panchayat in Erode district are badly affected by the housefly menace for many years. They claim that the flies have made their daily lives miserable since the poultry farm was established at Sembakoundanvalasu about a decade ago.

S. Ragupathy, who lives near the farm, said that the farm has thousands of egg laying chicken and that its owner grinds feed for the chicken on the farm premises. “Dried fish and other raw materials that they grind attract lot of houseflies that not only affect residents but also our cattle. We are not able to have food properly as dozens of flies sit on the food even before we taste it,” he lamented.

The residents said that they asked owner of the farm to address the issue, but the owner reportedly told them that he has taken the required steps to keep the farm clean. “We have not submitted any petition to the Collector or other officials as most of the residents and the farm owner are from the same community,” they said.

The residents have made an appeal to the district administration to put an end to the fly menace by shifting the farm or the feed manufacturing unit from that locality to put an end to this issue. 

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