26 March, Chitwan- Authorities in Chitwan are on high alert after detecting avian influenza –H5N1 – in chickens in Kaski and Sunsari districts.
Chitwan, which produces almost half of the total production of chickens in the country, has not detected the bird flu in its production.
According to District Livestock Service Office, Chitwan Chief, Prof Dilliram Sedai, prophylactic antiviral medicines have been spread on the vehicles that enter and head out of the district with supplies of chickens.
The vehicles supplying chickens to Kathmandu and Pokhara have been cleaned thoroughly with antiviral medicines at Bharatpur’s Jugedi and eastern areas of Hetauda before allowing entrance into Chitwan.
The chicken production sector has an investment surpassing Rs 70 billion of which more than 50 per cent investment is in Chitwan alone.