19 Jun 2013

Mass bird cull for PNG province

1:54 pm on 19 June 2013

All chickens and other domesticated bird species in the Sandaun province of Papua New Guinea are to be killed in a bid to eradicate Newcastle disease from the area.

According to the NBC, officers from the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and the Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority have been divided into teams to cover seven Vanimo local government wards and villages near the border with Indonesia.

The province was declared a disaster zone early this year after the disease was first detected in chickens and then spread to other domestic birds like duck.