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December 28, 2011

Poultry industry seeks UVAS help

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REUTERS
December 28, 2011

LAHORE
PAKISTAN Poultry Association (PPA) has asked the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences to conduct research on diseases affecting poultry and update poultry farmers IN this connection.
At a meeting here at UVAS on Tuesday, PPA members said the poultry industry was being affected by contagious and fatal viral diseases like newcastle, H9 avian influenza and infectious bursal disease. They said the diseases were killing poultry and adversely affecting farmer’s income. Dr Munir Ahmad Sahi said newcastle and avian influenza persisted in extreme weather conditions twice a year.
He said that poultry workers lacked poultry management skills and henhouse infrastructures were not proper. He suggested that UVAS should conduct refresher poultry courses and training workshops in this regard.
Director UVAS Diagnostic Laboratory Prof Dr Masood Rabbani said PPA should collaborate with the university in collection of suitable sample which would be used for ongoing international funded research projects on newcastle disease.
He further said the monitoring of flocks and good management practices were must to get rid of poultry diseases. Vice Chancellor UVAS Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said the university would provide technical support to the poultry industry to address its problems and challenges. He said linkages between farmers and poultry scientists were a must to overcome the problems.

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