More than 25,500 fowl have died in Sidenreng Rappang (Sidrap) regency in South Sulawesi over the past month. The number is believed to be increasing.
Sidrap Husbandry Agency head Asis Syam said on Tuesday
that the actual number could be higher as it was possible that many
farmers had not yet filed reports with the agency.
“The dead fowl were positive for bird flu,” he added.
Of the 25,500 dead fowl, most were ducks (21,100). More than 4,000 were chickens.
regency is one of the biggest poultry producers in South Sulawesi and
has previously experienced a bird flu epidemic. Hundreds of fowl die of
bird flu every year in the regency.
According to the agency, the fowl population stood at 7.3 million.
said the agency had called on farmers to immediately burn the carcasses
of dead fowl, adding that the agency did not have enough vaccines to
inoculate the fowl.
“We still need around 7.3 million vaccines,” he pointed out.