The additional collector I, Surendra Naik on Tuesday issued an order banning the transportation and entry of birds and eggs from Maharashtra and Karnataka states into South Goa district either directly or indirectly in view of the bird flu reported in these two neighbouring states.
“The director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (AHVS) has brought to our notice that there is a confirmation of Avian Influenza (H5N1) in chicken in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. I am of the considered opinion that there is a serious risk to the health of the people in south Goa if the transportation and entry of the birds and eggs from Maharashtra and Karnataka are not stopped forthwith. Therefore, exercising the powers conferred upon me by Section 144 of the code of criminal procedure 1973, I hereby prohibit the transportation of birds and eggs from Maharashtra and Karnataka into Goa directly or indirectly. The order is in force with immediate effect,’’ Naik states in the order. He adds that those who violate the order will be punished.
It may be recalled that Goa consumes roughly 1.5 lakh broilers per week and this demand is met with the imported broilers from other states as Goa produces only one- third of the required quantity.
As per the 19th live stock census 2012, carried out by the central department of Animal Husbandry, Goa requires around 6087 metric tonnes poultry per year, while the local production is just 1050 metric tonnes. There is a demand of 1623 lakh of eggs per year while the supply is just 352 lakhs.