BARIPADA: Mass culling of birds in Betanati ended on Monday with as many as 11,216 birds including poultry, ducks and crows killed in five days.
Official sources said besides the birds, 1,543 eggs were also destroyed. CDVO Nityananda Das said nearly 90 per cent birds had been culled and eggs destroyed in 32 villages including Mahulia, Bahanada, Chhatraypur, Chhachinapada, Badchuruni, Udipura and Khamari under Betanati block.
“We had started the culling drive on Wednesday following instructions from the Centre. As per the guidelines, all the affected farmers and poultry owners have been compensated,” he said.
A team of health officials of the State Government and a Central team had visited Betanati block and only after the inspection by the Central team, the State Government had ordered the culling.
As per the latest report, altogether 1,09,501 poultry in Tiring, Bahalda, Kusumi, Raruan, Sarashakana, Bijatala, Gorumhisani, Betanati, Rairangpur, Sukruli, Karanjia, Khunta and Jamda areas have been vaccinated, said Suvendu Kumar Ghosh, in-charge of Control Room at the CDVO. He said 20 surveillance teams and 10 rapid response teams (RRT) have been put on alert. The teams are visiting poultry farms in the district and examining the birds, he added.