After bird flu was confirmed in ducks in Kerala, the government started culling of poultry in Kuttanad region on Wednesday.
According to the animal husbandry department, 2.80 lakh birds, including chickens, will be culled. The government has also planned to give compensation to the farmers for culling their birds. But when duck farmers protested against culling their birds, the state government increased the compensation amount to Rs 200 per adult duck and Rs 100 per duckling.
Meanwhile, the Centre has also sent a team of experts to Kerala to deal with the bird flu scare. Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said a team of experts from the Bangalore regional lab of the Veterinary Institute has been sent to the Kerala.
About 15,000 ducks died recently in Kottayam and another 500 in nearby Alappuzha due to avian influenza.
Varieties of birds, including pets, would be burnt to death by using kerosene. Reports said that the virus had spread through droppings of migratory birds that visit the area.