Imphal, Nov. 8: The state’s veterinary department today declared Manipur free of bird flu, more than three months after the outbreak of the H5N1 strain of the influenza was confirmed at a farm in Chingmeirong in Imphal West.
Farmers could resume the sale of live poultry, eggs and chicken feed within the 5-km radius of the affected farm from today, state veterinary secretary K.K. Chhetry said
The veterinary department had imposed a ban on farming and sale of poultry within a 5-km radius of Chingmeirong after bird flu was confirmed on July 25.
The department had, however, allowed traders to bring in dressed poultry from outside after culling and cleaning-up operations were over in August.
Nagaland and Mizoram had stopped buying chicken from Manipur immediately after the outbreak was confirmed.
Chhetry, however, clarified that the existing ban on import of poultry products from Myanmar and Bangladesh would continue till the two countries are declared free of avian influenza.
Today’s announcement followed a letter sent by the department of veterinary and animal husbandry — a department under the Union ministry of agriculture — to Paris-based Office International Des Epizooties (The World Organisation for Animal Health), declaring India free of bird flu. The Paris-based organisation fights animal diseases at the global level.
The ministry had informed the state veterinary department about the declaration last night.
The state veterinary department had culled 3.39 lakh poultry, damaged 28,262 eggs and destroyed 25,944kg of chicken feed after the outbreak. The department has spent Rs 2.43 crore to control the outbreak. The outbreak did not affect any human being in Manipur.