Bird flu confirmed in capital farms, 10,000 chicken culled
23 May, 2007
ISLAMABAD: The livestock wing of ministry of food and agriculture has confirmed the presence of menacing bird flu in four chicken farms of Chak Shazad.
However the owners of the farms refused to let the officials cull the suspicious chicken, after which the "assistance" of district administration was sought for culling of 10,000 birds.
The owners of these farms had earlier refused to cooperate in the culling process but agreed after the livestock department`s assurance of compensation.
The commissioner livestock, Dr. R. H. Usmani informed the journalists about the entire issue, and said that it was however not a widespread virus, but our tests have confirmed the presence of bird flu here.
He said that a survey was underway, but so far there has been no information regarding bird flu. Still the vigilance has been enhanced, and has cautioned that if the farm owners continued to resist, help of the district administration would be sought, in order to contain the virus.