Karachi, May 11, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the Veterinary and Wildlife departments to develop close coordination to save the ailing peacocks in Thar. “The peacocks are not only the beauty of the desert but they are like family members of people of Thar.” He said this while presiding over a meeting today at CM House on the issue of peacocks which are dying in mysterious disease in Thar.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Forest and Livestock Gianchand Israni, Secretary Forest who is also holding the position of acting chief secretary Mr Rizwan Memon and Secretary Fisheries and Livestock Ramzan Awan here at the CM House. Minister for Forest and Wildlife Gianchand Israni said that he had mobilized his teams in the entire desert area of Thar to provide medical aid and identify the disease they are suffering from.
Secretary Forest Rizwan Memon said that the feed arrangements for peacocks are being made to provide bajra mixed with minced meat in the areas where their population is considerably high. On this the Chief Minister said that he had reports that there were 15000 populations of peacocks in Thar. But they are dying from last few years, this may have come down but “we have to take their proper care.
They are also coming from Indian desert because there is no border restrictions for them,” he said in the lighter mood and added that this beauty of Thar desert must be preserved. The Chief Minister said that management, breeding and feeding of peacocks is the responsibility of Wildlife while disease control comes under the domain of Poultry wing of Livestock department. “I am very much clear that you both, Wild Life and Poultry departments have to work with close coordination,” he said and added if this happened the situation would come under control.
The Secretary Wildlife Rizwan Memon said that they have started arranging water mixed with Avisole medicine while their feed was also being mixed with T-20 medicine. He added that his team has picked up eight peacocks and they have been kept in quarantine. The Chief Minister directed both the departments that he had some reports that Newcastle is a poultry disease and the peacocks who eat and drink with hens in the cottages of Thari people get infected from there.
“Therefore, poultry population of Thar may also be focused. This would be original sources to stop this epidemic,” he said. The Chief Minister directed the Forest Minister Gianchand to personally monitor the operation of both the departments and save the peacocks.
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