Breed­ers stop im­port­ing from state

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Poul­try breed­ers have stopped im­port­ing live­stock or any­thing re­lated to it from Kelantan as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure be­cause of the H5N1 out­break.

Badri Yunos, a farmer and poul­try sup­plier based in Te­mer­loh, Pa­hang, said since the spread of the virus in Kelantan, he had in­creased biose­cu­rity mea­sures in his farms.

“We no longer take chick­ens, feed or other things from Kelantan be­cause we do not want to risk hav­ing the virus af­fect our poul­try.

“We have also tight­ened the se­cu­rity in the farms. For ex­am­ple, we no longer al­low any­one to en­ter the coop at night, ex­cept our work­ers.”

He said even though the H5N1 cases were mostly in Kelantan, they were be­ing ex­tra cau­tious in their op­er­a­tions as even a slight lapse in biose­cu­rity could be costly.

“See­ing as the virus is wide­spread now, many stan­dard op­er­a­tion pro­ce­dures have to be en­hanced. It used to be eas­ier to make busi­ness trans­ac­tions in the farms, but now it is more dif­fi­cult.

“There is no com­pro­mise when it comes to health. Even ve­hi­cles that en­ter the farms must first be sprayed with dis­in­fec­tants.”

Amir­ull Ezy­wan, who has a poul­try busi­ness in Sega­mat, Jo­hor, said he gave sup­ple­ments to his birds and made sure they were vac­ci­nated be­fore breed­ing them.

“Vis­i­tors are barred from en­ter­ing the farms be­cause we do not know whether they are car­ry­ing the virus.

“Even though there are no cases of H5N1 in Jo­hor, I am not tak­ing any chances.”

The H5N1 avian flu out­break was re­ported to have spread to four dis­tricts in Kelantan — Pasir Pu­tih, Ba­chok, Kota Baru and Pasir Mas. To date, 24,768 birds have been culled in the state.

FATHIL ASRI PIC BY

Sazuri Awang at his chicken farm in Kam­pung Ca­bang Tiga Pen­dek, Kota Baru, on Mon­day.

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