KATHMANDU, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Sunsari district in eastern Nepal
imposed ban Monday on poultry products from India due to fear of bird flu.
According to a leading website, eKantipur.com report, the daily import of
poultry and eggs via Sunsari custom office, Devanjang, Ghantabari, Laukahi,
Kusaha, Magadhwa and other ports have been banned, said border security director
Poultry products worth 500,000 Nepali rupees (some 8,064 U.S. dollars) are
imported daily from Bihar, India.
Meanwhile, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in eastern Nepal, some 200 km east
of Kathmandu, home to the largest variety of birds in the world, has been on
An official of the reserve's Administration Committee, Rabin Ghimire, said
that the high alert was necessary as hundreds of birds from India migrate to the
reserve in this season.
An earlier report said that the threat of bird flu spread in Jhapa district
in eastern Nepal have increased after the finding of avian influenza cases in
Dinajpur and Birbhum areas of West Bengal of India.
According to the National News Agency RSS report, experts said the threat
is more real due to the open border between Nepal and India.
Acting Chief at the kakarvitta Quarantine Post Kaushalendra Jha said more
caution is needed to prevent the entry of the disease.
He said bird flu cases have been reported on Sunday by Indian media in
Siliguri as well. Siliguri is just 50 km far from the border.
Jha said all border check posts, police posts and border security personnel
have been ordered by the district administration office to strictly ban the
entry of birds and animal products from India to check the spread of disease to
He also said the 30 poultry farms located in the district, some320 km east
of Kathmandu, were also cautioned about the disease.
Meanwhile, animal quarantine check post buried 1,050 white eggs which were
seized during the past two days while being illegally imported to Nepal, the RSS