By Dr.KRISHAN BIR CHAUDHARY
Country’s leading farmer organization Bharat Krishak Samaj is deeply concerned over the recent incidence of Bird Flu in 18 corporate and large poultry business firms in Navapur in Maharashtra and in adjoining Gujarat.
This incidence of Bird Flu in large poultry business firms, if not controlled in time, may spread to nearby villages affecting farmers rearing poultry. Bharat Krishak Samaj and All India Kisan Sabha (of C.P.I) supports the ongoing culling operations undertaken at the instance of the govt., in 18 affected poultry business firms. It also hails the govt. decision to set up a committee to enquire into the causes of the incidence of Bird Flu. But, Bharat Krishak Samaj would like to question as to why such incidence occurred only in large poultry business firms, rearing mostly exotic crossbread poultry and not on indigenous poultry birds reared by the village folks.
This, shows that indigenous birds are resistant to Bird Flu virus and hence its rearing should need more support and encouragement from the govt. Bharat Krishak Samaj and All India Kisan Sabha (of C.P.I) would like to appoint that the incidence of Bird Flu in large poultry business firms is due to mismanagement and intensive farming.
The farmers who are rearing poultry birds are now faced with the problem of likely infection of the virus on their birds. The large poultry business firms has therefore, placed the farmers at a disadvantage.
This incidence has brought to light the fallout of intensive poultry farming carried out without any hygienic control by the large poultry business firms. Dr. Krishan Bir Chaudhary Executive Chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj and Atul Kumar Anjaan General Secretary of All India Kisan Sabha (of C.P.I), therefore want to suggest that the panel constituted for proving into the causes of the incidence of Bird Flu to consider the following points:- 1. Their was a reported incidence of low Avain Flu in January, 2003 in Barwala & Gurgaon region in Haryana. Samples were tested in High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal. Test proved the presence of H7N1 Virus which is less dangerous than H5N1 Virus which is prevalent in the country today. Though, the H7N1 Virus is low pathogenic in nature the laboratory and the govt. said it is non pathogenic in nature.
This is an irresponsible behavior on the part of both the govt. and the laboratory. Further, no action was taken to contain the spread of the low pathogenic H7N1 Virus reported in January, 2003. There is a possibility that this H7N1 Virus might have mutated into the dangerous H5N1 Virus and caused the outbreak in Navapur and surrounding areas. : ----2 ----: 2. The Financial Express on February, 23rd 2006 quoting the New Scientist said, “That the dangerous Bird Flu of H5N1 Virus was circulating among poultry birds in south-east China for over a decade.
This virus migrated to Turkey, Vietnam & Thailand. There is a possibility that this virus might have migrated to India also. 3. Navapur and adjoining areas which witness the recent outbreak of Bird Flu has no presence of migratory birds. There is no wildlife sanctuary nearby. From where the Bird Flu virus came from? 4. There is no effective checks for quarantine and sanitary and phytosanitary measures for imported food items, birds & animals and plants at the point of entry. Owing to this situation imported products carry different exotic pests & disease.
There is a possibility of Bird Flu virus entering the country through such imports. 5. There are reported cases of Venkateswara Hatcheries supplying unlabled vaccines to farmers and their farm workers for containing Ranikhet disease. These vaccines were not tested, labeled and supplied illegally. These vaccines might have been responsible for the present incident. (Krishan Bir Chaudhary) Executive Chairman (Atul Kumar Anjaan) General Sect. All India Kisan Sabha (CPI)