A total of 37,695 poultry birds at Barwala culled in the first-five days of the culling exercise in Barwala-Raipur Rani region after samples of some birds in two poultry farms at Kheri and Ganauli villages in Panchkula district tested positive for the H5N8 strain of avian flu on January 8.
Haryana State Department of Animal Husbandry Joint director LC Ranga on Monday told The Pioneer that the culling operations are going in Poultry Farms within one kilometre radius of two Epicenters. A total of 7770 poultry birds were culled at Narender Poultry Farm. Also 182 infected curtains, 1210 gunny bags and other farm waste was destroyed by burning at Nature Poultry Farm, Dandlawar. A total of 1340 eggs have been destroyed during the same period, he added.
The team members of the District Task Force along with officials of Animal Husbandry have been working on a war footing for the last five days to complete the culling exercise of 1.66 lakh poultry birds as per the instructions of the Government of India, Ministry of Animal Husbandry. It will take at least a week or so to complete the culling of 1.66 lakh poultry birds, he added.
He further said that the instructions were issued to the local residents to not roam around the affected poultry farms, in which culling operation is to be executed. The operation will continue until at least 1.66 lakh poultry birds are culled in the area.