PUTRAJAYA: Compensation will be paid to all poultry farmers and kampung folk who report death of birds.
Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this would enable the Government to catch the first hint of the avian flu if it ever “lands” in the country.
Promises of compensation is part of the country’s contingency plan against any outbreak following an alert issued by the World Health Organisation and emerging cases in neighbouring Indonesia and Thailand.
“Many of the breeders and villagers who rear poultry are afraid that if they report bird deaths to the authorities, their poultry will be taken away and destroyed.
“We want to assure them that if they do come forward and report of any such deaths, and if these have been found to be due to avian flu, the Government will compensate them.
“This is part of our contingency plan. The Cabinet has promised there will be no limit to any compensation we may have to pay out in the end,” he told reporters after the first meeting of the joint panel between his ministry and the Health Ministry on avian flu here Thursday.
Among others, the plan will also include planning of human resources and medical equipment, extra staff, stockpiles of medication and flu vaccine and 21 hospitals designated to care for any patient of avian flu.
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