• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Breaks Territory into ‘Little Countries’ to Avoid Spread of Chicken Disease

Beginning in 2006, poultry production in Brazil is expected to adopt the model used in cattle-raising. With the regionalization of activity, the transfer of live animals will be prohibited, facilitating control of outbreaks of diseases such as bird flu.

According to the vice-president of the Brazilian Poultry-Breeding Association Union (UBA, União Brasileira de Avicultura), Ariel Mendes, the proposal was discussed Tuesday, October 25, at a meeting between entrepreneurs and the ministers of Agriculture, Roberto Rodrigues, and Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan.

The purpose of the meeting was to organize a joint effort by the government and private enterprise to prevent the entry of bird flu in Brazil.

According to Mendes, the regionalization proposal was presented by the sector a year ago to the Ministry of Agriculture, which already has a timetable for the adoption of the program.

"Today the minister assumed a commitment to implement this program on December 15 of this year," Mendes said.

The new outbreak of bird flu arose in Southeast Asia and is beginning to spread to other countries, such as Russia and Greece. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), transmission of the disease to 36 people has already been confirmed.

According to Mendes, "by facilitating control of eventual outbreaks such as bird flu," the regionalization program permits states not affected by the disease to continue exporting.

"If an outbreak occurs in one state, you would allow the others to maintain their exports," he affirmed.

Mendes explained that, in the case of poultry-breeding, production should be developed separately in each state.

"Each state would function as if it were a country: Nothing comes in, and nothing leaves, except chicken meat," he affirmed.

According to him, beginning in January, 2006, the program will be implanted in seven states – Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Goiás – and in the Federal District.

Unrestricted commerce will only be allowed for poultry meat and egg production. The sole exception to the prohibition of live animal transfers will be for genetic matrixes (chicks). In this case, the chicks will have to come from poultry farms certified by the Ministry of Agriculture as free of bird flu.

The trucks that transport the birds will only be able to travel on certain roads, the so-called sanitary corridors, and they will have to pass through inspection posts on state borders. "The Ministry has already defined the corridors and the border control posts," he said.

Mendes said that the timetable establishes January 1, 2007, for the implantation of the program in Mato Grosso and 2008 for the rest of the states in the North and Northeast regions, as well as Rio de Janeiro and Espí­rito Santo.

Another measure defined during the meeting was the installation of detectors of organic material in airports. Passengers and baggage from countries with registered occurrences of the disease will have to pass through the detectors.

There is also a proposal to adopt mechanisms to incinerate leftovers of food served aboard airplanes. These measures will have to be negotiated with the Infraero (Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuária – Brazilian Airport Infrastructure Enterprise) in order to be adopted. Similar control mechanisms are expected to be applied in Brazilian ports as well.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    ???????
    …having already 5 states with FMD disease…for the time being…..this shows how well your regionalization of cattles worked…so badly !!!!!

    Hopefully you will do a better management…should bird flu be found in Brazil !!!!!!

    But again you want to put detectors to entries in Brazil….but not to exits of your country…should your country be infected…. FIRST !!!
    This possibility is by far not improbable….as you have a very large country, much forests, many wild birds and are the No 1 producer of poultry !!!!

    So you are truly traumatized of importing but not really eventually exporting the bird’s flu !!!!!!

    Do you find that….FAIR ???????

    In view of what your programs are…I can only guess that your answer would be ….YESSS !!!!!

    Very…very….strange !!!!!!!

    Smile……

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilians Want More Access to Process of Broadcast Licensing

Broadcast licensing in Brazil, historically, has been opaque, not taking into account the public ...

Brazil Wants a Slice of the Satellite Launching Market

Brazil is a candidate for the satellite launcher market, which is expected to attract ...

Serra’s Promise: To Be Mayor Till the End. Sure!

It was José Serra’s (PSDB) turn in the Folha chair yesterday, after Erundina last ...

Brazil Proud to Go from IMF Borrower to IMF Lender

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said he wants to be the first ...

Bolivia Is Making More Than They Ever Dreamed Selling Gas to Brazil, Says Petrobras

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva inaugurated Saturday, June 10, the lay out ...

Bank of Brazil Back to Number 1 with US$ 2.1 Billion Profit

State-owned Bank of Brazil announced that it has regained market leadership, after posting a ...

Brazil Sends Donation to Lebanon and Palestine to Help in Reconstruction

Affonso Celso de Ouro-Preto, Brazil’s extraordinary ambassador to the Middle East, announced today, September ...

After the Military Brass, Lula’s Minister Threatens to Resign over Human Rights

Brazil’s Human Rights Minister, Paulo Vanucchi, threatened to resign if the Brazilian military are ...

Swiss NGO Lists 52 Brazilians for the Nobel Peace Prize

The Association of 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize, a Swiss non-governmental organization ...

Energy War: Brazil Threatens to Stop All Investment in Paraguay

Paraguay and Brazil are preparing for a long dispute over prices from energy generated ...