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Awantipora Poultry Farm – A Threat to Residents

Written by Nusrat Ali

Video By: Rayees Ahmad  | Artcile By: Nusrat Ali

Poultry industry over the recent years has made tremendous adjustments to meet the increasing demand for supply of meat and eggs. We can see number of poultry farms has been set up, particularly in rural areas. But on the other hand people have shut their eyes towards its hazards.

Local disturbances and landscape degradation are typical local negative amenities in the surroundings of poultry farms. Poultry facilities are a source of odor and attract flies, rodents and other pests that create local nuisances and carry disease. Odor emissions, caused by a large number of contributing compounds including ammonia (NH3), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hydrogen sulphide (H2S), from poultry farms adversely affect the life of people living in the vicinity.

Few years back two poultry farms were established in the residential area of Kanelbagh Awantipora also. These poultry farms have now become a source of foul smell and odor and apart from that the owners of the poultry farms throw away expired chickens into the farms of the locals which increases the pollution and adds to the agony of the population.

Locals have many times knocked the doors of the authorities especially Tehsildar Awantipora but to no avail. Our correspondent Rayees Ahmad also contacted Mr Zubair, Tehsildar Awantipora and he assured him of taking action against the owners.

It is pertinent to mention here that as per law,  license cannot be provided to anyone for establishing of poultry farm within 500 meters from a residential area or near a water source.

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