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    Could be Newcastle or some other disease or cause

    Source: http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=52900


    Solomons investigates spate of chicken deaths

    Posted at 20:23 on 08 April, 2010 UTC

    The Agriculture Department in Lata in the eastern Solomon islands province of Temotu is investigating the sudden deaths of dozens of chickens on Santa Cruz Island.

    The department has so far received reports that 40 chickens in a dozen different villages have died suddenly.

    A spokesman for the department, Titus Nume, says they have put in place quarantine measures to contain the unknown disease.

    Mr. Nume says itís the first time there has been such an outbreak around the island and they have sought additional expertise from Honiara to try and isolate it.

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    Re: Solomons investigates spate of chicken deaths

    Poultry can contribute to improve livelihoods

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 13:53





    IT has now been widely acknowledged and accepted that improved rural livelihoods is a top priority for the country as more than 80% of the population live in a difficult subsistence lifestyle in their home villages.
    It has also been accepted that improved village poultry keeping is one of the two most important parts of this rural livelihood development.
    Individuals, government departments, aid agencies and other NGOs would now all like to include kokorako projects within their activities.
    Heritage and environmental groups also like to include kokorako keeping in their development projects because this provides a substitute for traditional wildlife sources of food and therefore more protection for the wildlife.
    Kokorako farming has started to be taught in schools so that the students receive a life skill for the benefit of their family when they return home from school.
    The kokorako farms in schools also provide improved nutrition and food sources for the students at the school.
    Although poultry keeping is a quick and easy way of improving the peoples diet and nutrition as well as providing opportunities for small cash incomes from the sale of surplus eggs and meat proper training is the first important thing which is needed to be successful.
    Without this special training the project could easily fail and the people will receive no benefit.
    Another important need is for many more village kokorako and ducks to be bred so that each of these new projects can be stocked with suitable breeding birds.
    Local kokorako are the most suitable for use in these projects because they are used to living in the climate and villages of the Solomons and once the free ranging kokorako are given better care they will produce well.
    Ducks too are well suited to village life and can be successfully kept using similar skills to kokorako keeping.
    The imported layers and broilers available in the country at the moment do not keep well in villages because the climate is too difficult for them and they need
    There are also many opportunities for small businesses to start village kokorako and duck hatcheries around the country because there is not enough stock available at the moment to supply the new projects which are planned.
    Russell Parker has been providing training and development advice on improved village kokorako and duck keeping for 15 years across the Solomons.
    He recently visited parts of the Western Province to inspect possible projects and to continue his training program.
    Copies of his training book were delivered to several interested groups and various workshops are being planned to provide trainer training as well.
    While in Honiara Mr Parker also conducted a workshop with Kokonut Pacific staff to teach them how to include a kokorako, duck or pig project with their oil extraction enterprises.
    “The ‘waste’ or coconut meal leftover when extracting the coconut oil is ideal as poultry or pig feed,” Mr Parker said.
    “It is also good to keep ducks as well as kokorako and they grow well when eating coconut meal,” he continued
    If you require training or advice about starting an improved kokorako project be sure to contact Russell through Kastom Gaden or his email and website at: www.kaikokorako.com http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/...ve-livelihoods
    CSI:WORLD http://swineflumagazine.blogspot.com/

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      Re: Solomons investigates spate of chicken deaths

      <TABLE class=formlayout id=apex_layout_271110100662109808 summary=""><TBODY><TR><TD noWrap align=right>Archive Number</TD><TD noWrap align=left>20100412.1182</TD></TR><TR><TD noWrap align=right>Published Date</TD><TD noWrap align=left>12-APR-2010</TD></TR><TR><TD noWrap align=right>Subject</TD><TD noWrap align=left>PRO/AH/EDR> Poultry die-off - Solomon Islands: (TE) RFI</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


      POULTRY DIE-OFF - SOLOMON ISLANDS: (TEMOTU) REQUEST FOR INFORMATION*************************************** ********A ProMED-mail post<http://www.promedmail.org>ProMED-mail is a program of theInternational Society for Infectious Diseases<http://www.isid.org>Date: 8 Apr 2010Source: Radio New Zealand International [edited]<http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=52900>

      The Agriculture Department in Lata in the eastern Solomon Islands province of Temotu is investigating the sudden deaths of dozens of chickens on Santa Cruz Island.The department has so far received reports that 40 chickens in a dozen different villages have died suddenly.A spokesman for the department, Titus Nume, says they have put in place quarantine measures to contain the unknown disease.Mr. Nume says it's the 1st time there has been such an outbreak around the island and that they have sought additional expertise from Honiara to try and isolate it.--Communicated by:HealthMaps viaProMED-mail <promed@promedmail.org>[This article does not provide enough detail to speculate upon which of the numerous avian diseases this could be.The location of the Solomon Islands is south of the equator; they are entering the autumn season, so there is a temptation to speculate on avian flu, but there are other virulent diseases capable of killing poultry rapidly.If quarantine measures have been initiated, then it is likely that samples have been sent for diagnosis. We look forward to an authoritative report regarding these poultry deaths. - Mod.TG]........................................mpp/tg/msp
      </PRE>http://www.promedmail.org/pls/apex/f..._ID:1000,82214
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