J&K lifts ban on import of poultry

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(160203) -- TARLAC PROVINCE, Feb. 3, 2016 (Xinhua) -- A worker refills water on a chicken drinker at a poultry farm in Tarlac Province, the Philippines, Feb. 3, 2016. Around 41,000 chickens in northern Philippines died due to the Newcastle disease virus according to the Philippine Department of Agriculture. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali) ****Authorized by ytfs****
(160203) -- TARLAC PROVINCE, Feb. 3, 2016 (Xinhua) -- A worker refills water on a chicken drinker at a poultry farm in Tarlac Province, the Philippines, Feb. 3, 2016. Around 41,000 chickens in northern Philippines died due to the Newcastle disease virus according to the Philippine Department of Agriculture. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali) ****Authorized by ytfs****

Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday lifted the ban on the import of poultry into the union territory, but imposed a condition that the imported stock of birds must contain a bird flu free certificate.

An order issued by the J&K government said, “There will be no ban on import of live birds, including poultry and unprocessed poultry meat for any purpose into the union territory of J&K sourced from non-infected areas and beyond the 10 kilometre radius of bird flu infected zone”.

The order said the imported stock of poultry must have a certificate from the concerned district veterinary officials confirming that the stock supplied is not from any infected area.

The order has directed the local animal husbandry department to set up a robust surveillance centre to lift samples from each vehicle carrying poultry into the UT for testing.

There has so far not been any confirmed report of bird flu in J&K.

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