J&K Government today banned import of poultry and unprocessed poultry meat into Jammu and Kashmir to prevent spread of bird-flu reported in the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. The ban shall remain in operation till 14 January 2021.
Principal Secretary, Animal/Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary issued an order in this regard.
The order said that in the wake of spread of bird-flu in neighbouring states, as a measure of abundant precaution and in view of declaration of whole J&K as “controlled area” for bird–flu disease, “government of J&K imposes complete ban on import of live birds including poultry and unprocessed poultry meat for any purpose into the Union Territory with immediate effect till January 14, 2021”.
The decision will be reviewed based on the evolving situation, it said.
Meanwhile, District Commissioner, Kathua, OP Bhagat issued directions to the SSP Kathua and Chief Animal Husbandry Officer of Kathua District to monitor the situation and not allow import of poultry from other states. “We have issued strict directions following the formal ban imposed by the government on poultry import,” Bhagat told Greater Kashmir.
He said that they also issued guidelines for the poultry farms in Kathua district and frequently monitor the situation.
Several civil departments in collaboration with the police have been maintaining strict vigil at Lakhanpur connecting J&K with the rest of the country. “For last four days, no vehicle carrying poultry has entered from Lakhanpur into J&K,” an official from the check-point said.