current bird flu hysteria may eventually generate another mad cow
known yesterday that the European Union had barred the import
of live farm birds from Russia's Siberia. The decision was made
in connection with the recent confirmation of a bird flu outburst
in Russia. The current growing epidemic of the dangerous disease
has already made EU members close import of live birds and poultry
from Romania, there scientists had discovered a certain mutation
of the virus, which was found to be dangerous to humans.
The news will
only add more fuel to the fire of the unhealthy commotion caused
by the disease in Russia. In spite of the fact that there are
no reasons to panic, it seems that someone has been stirring up
the hysteria around the supposedly uninhibited epidemic of deadly
avian flu, market specialists say.
is no need to be too dramatic about the current situation. The
spreading of the disease has been localized in Russia," the
Minister for Agriculture of Russia, Aleksey Gordeyev said.
of bird flu surfaced in Russia in the summer of 2005, when thousands
of farm birds were destroyed in the Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Omsk
and Altay regions of Russia after several occurrences of bird
flu. It has been recently reported that the illness reached the
central territory of Russia, very close to Moscow.
took urgent measures to control the situation in all of the above-mentioned
incidents. Several of the previously quarantined areas of Siberia
have been released of medical restrictions already. That is why
it is rather surprising to see the European Commission arresting
the import of Siberian poultry.
is an artificially caused commotion, from which someone obviously
derives profits," the director of the Russian Poultry Farm
Union, Galina Bobyleva told Pravda.Ru.
of the agricultural committee of the Federation Council, Sergei
Lisovsky, shares the opinion: "The disease is known for more
than a hundred years already. I think that Western importers of
poultry are trying to bring fears on the market taking into consideration
the growing Russian poultry farming. It is a matter of competition
on the market of poultry," Lisovsky told Interfax Thursday.
thought anything about bird flu before the middle of the current
year. Everyone was simply dividing our market disregarding local
producers. However, when it became known last year that Russia
could turn the import of poultry down completely in three or four
years, they considered it necessary to put an end to the growth
of the Russian poultry farming and decrease the investment attraction
of the industry," the specialist said.
200 birds died in a Russian village, but all TV channels report
about the incident as if an A-bomb blew up over there. This intimidation
makes Russian people stop buying the Russian product. A lot of
people may lose their jobs as a result of the bird flu commotion,"
Galina Bobyleva said.
to Bobyleva, there is no point in talking about the epidemic of
bird flu. "Flu is a common disease. Furthermore, farmers
have toughened sanitary requirements considerably.
certain that the massive loss of birds will not affect the general
situation on the market negatively. "We currently make about
1,5 million tons of poultry at present. The population's share
in this number is very small," said she.
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