May 7, 2015
FAO sets up poultry sheds in Bangladesh to prevent poultry diseases
In a pilot effort to keep at bay, the spread of infectious poultry diseases in southern Bangladesh, 40 poultry sheds have been established by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
As part of a project that is backed by the government and USAID in five Upazilas (Bangladeshi sub-units of districts) in Khulna and Barisal, these structures will be equipped with bird proof netting, facilities for foot bath, and hand and feet wash as well as rain water collection systems and solar power generation.
FAO hopes to improve poultry production and food security by strengthening bio-security. This can be realised through better management practices to reduce disease breakout and subsequent transmissibility to humans, according to Mike Robson, the FAO representative in Bangladesh.
In recent times, infectious and pathogenic avian influenza has been blamed for huge losses in the country's poultry farms.