The Punjab Government has declared the whole state as a ‘Controlled Area’ in view of the outbreak of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) affecting birds including poultry in the neighbouring states. In another major decision, Punjab imposed complete ban on import of live birds including poultry and unprocessed poultry meat for any purpose into the state of Punjab with immediate effect till 15 January, 2021. The decision will be reviewed based on the evolving situation.
In a press communiqué on Friday, additional Chief Secretary of the Animal Husbandry Department VK Janjua said that both the decisions were taken in consultation with the Animal Husbandry Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa to prevent/control the spread of Avian Influenza, a scheduled disease in the state.
He further said that these decisions have been taken as per provisions of the act to control of scheduled diseases under the Prevention and control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009.