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Chicken deaths mystery

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, January 11, 2013

A POULTRY farmer in the Northern Division has lost $4000 to a baffling situation that killed more than 170 chickens on his farm in one month.

Mohammed Hassan who lives in Vunimoli, outside Labasa Town, fears it may be a disease outbreak.

Mr Hassan is not the only poultry farmer in Vanua Levu facing such a dilemma. Farmers in Seaqaqa have expressed similar concerns labelling the situation 'confusing'.

Mr Hassan said he had done everything including seeking advice from the Department of Agriculture but nothing changed.

"I went to the Agriculture Department but they gave me medicine for the chicken. It was of no help because all the chicken that were given the medication died," he said. Mr Hassan said he lost 120 chickens and 20 chicks last month while 32 died this week.

Director Animal Health Tomasi Tunabuna could not be reached for a comment yesterday.

"It is a serious situation and something needs to be done now otherwise my poultry farm will collapse," he said.