DHAKA, Sept 8 (BSS) - The leaders of the Breeders Association of Bangladesh (BAB) has sought permission from the government for using vaccination against the outbreak of bird flu by October so that they could be able to control any likely spread of the disease in the poultry sector.
Breeders Association leaders today made this demand in a meeting at its Gulshan office here on Thursday.
Country's poultry sector so far have witnessed a loss of Taka 8,000 crore due to bird flu outbreak since from 2007 and the
situation worsened during that period owing to alleged mismanagement and inefficiency by a section of officials, said BAB leaders at the meeting.
The BAB leaders stressed on active implementation and necessary revision of the poultry policy-2009, increase surveillance and wet market management along with awarding of vaccination use approval by next month [October] for preventing possible bird flu outbreak during the upcoming winter.
Regarding the bird flu outbreak, Fazle Rahim Khan Shahriar,
managing director of Aftab Bahumukhi Farm Ltd said at present the
bird flu outbreak is not confined in the winter season only and
the disease could not be prevented only by applying the bio-
security measures in the poultry farms.
Talking about government approval for vaccination use, fisheries and livestock secretary Uzzal Bikash Datta told BSS today that "we have already formed an expert committee regarding the vaccination use and it will be decided after conducting vaccine experiment on poultry at Gazipur district."