|According to the source, the government sent an order to livestock farms throughout the country on July 20 about strengthening animal disease control measures. (Photo by=Daily NK)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] North Korean authorities recently ordered the strengthening of animal disease control measures following the “sudden” deaths of animals by avian flu at a number of livestock farms in the country, Daily NK has learned.
According to the source, the government sent an order to livestock farms throughout the country on July 20 about strengthening animal disease control measures. The order put provincial disease prevention offices in charge of culling and burning the bodies of animals that have been infected with avian influenza or that may be at risk of being infected.
The order directed local police officers to monitor livestock farms, local markets and other places to prevent the bodies of culled animals from being sold illegally. North Korean authorities have stressed that even after the disinfection of the facilities take place, any reemergence of avian influenza among livestock populations will be treated as a violation of party orders, not just a “simple mistake.”
The authorities have reportedly made clear that those responsible for future outbreaks will be subject to dismissal or demotion. Local officials were ordered to better promote disease control measures among people who raise animals at home and to even schedule times to visit individual homes through inminban (North Korea’s lowest administrative unit), the source added.