As part of a series of actions to increase
preparedness for bird flu, the Agriculture Ministry will hold exercises on
Monday and Tuesday as to how to cope with the disease should it emerge in the
country's northern poultry farms. The North contains many densely packed farms
of egg-laying hens, fattened livestock, turkeys and reproducing animals, the
Should an outbreak of bird flu occur in one of the chicken
coops, the disease could easily spread to farms nearby.
industry represents 17 percent of Israeli agriculture, and about 65% of the
battery hens and 17% of the fattened poultry livestock are located in the North.
About 2 billion eggs and 100,000 tons of chicken for food from the region is
annually marketed to the Israeli public, the ministry said. The last bird flu
outbreak in Israel occurred in March 2012, and the disease was eliminated
efficiently, the ministry added.