No Compensation for Deaths of Cattle from Anthrax
Saturday, 28 August 2010

The government has no plans to pay compensations to those people whose cattle died of anthrax in Sirajganj and Pabna, fisheries and livestock minister Abdul Latif Biswas has said.

Biswas said the government, instead, plans to introduce animal insurance.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a vaccination programme in Vangabari area at Belkuchi of Sirajganj on Friday.

"The animal insurance will help small and marginal farmers and cattle owners."

He said the treatment of anthrax was delayed because of the distance between the ministry and the local farmers and lack of manpower in the ministry.

"The process of appointing Livestock Expansion Officers at the union level is underway to increase manpower in the sector."

Rajshahi divisional livestock department deputy director Mohammad Ibrahim Hossain, Dhaka livestock department deputy director Ranjit Kumar Saha and district livestock officer Mohammad Safiqul Islam were present.

The first victim of anthrax was detected in Chithulia area under Shahzadpur Upazila in Sirajganj.

The recent bout of anthrax in Sirajganj added eight more victims on Friday, notching up the count to 137.

Other victims were detected in adjacent district of Pabna.


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