Secretary, Animal/Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Department, UT Ladakh, Ravinder Kumar has notified complete ban on import of live birds, including poultry and unprocessed poultry meat for any purpose, into the Union Territory of Ladakh with immediate effect due to the prevailing Avian flu across the country.
He shared that the decision would be reviewed and monitored as per the evolving situation. The ban shall be in effect until further order from the UT Administration. Also Read: UT Ladakh ranks first in foot and mouth disease vaccination
This step has been taken as a precautionary measure according to the Revised Action Plan 2021 for Avian Influenza of the Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, and in the exercise of powers conferred under section 10 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Disease Act, 2009.
The Secretary further directed Deputy Commissioner of Leh and Kargil districts, Director of Animal Husbandry Department, Director of FCS&CA, to closely monitor and update the status on the situation. He also directed the director of Animal Husbandry to form a disease surveillance team in both districts to monitor government and private poultry farms, private vendors/bird sellers (both live and unprocessed), and to report any unknown death of wild birds in both districts. Also Read: Why is it so hard to count snow leopards in Ladakh?