Breeders stop importing from state
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.
Sazuri Awang at his chicken farm in Kampung Cabang Tiga Pendek, Kota Baru, on Monday.