Bird Flu better than no Chickens!

For the really poor people in Bangladesh, having their poultry, in most cases their only source of income destroyed is no better than actually getting the bird flu.

Says Rashida Bagum a small backyard chicken farmer in Gazipur, north of the capital Dhaka, “with the Bird Flu there is a chance that God willing we may survive the disease.” she said, “but if we lose our flock then our family will without a doubt,  die of starvation as there is no one to help us here.”

While there have been discussions of some kind of compensation for the poultry farmers who are to loose their flocks during the current emergency, no one could tell me as to how much the compensation would be or when it is likely to be paid to the poultry farmers.

Via Asok Banga reporting from Gazipur, Bangla Desh writing for


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