JAKARTA: As part of the poultry industry's efforts to prevent the spread of avian influenza, the Central Jakarta municipality will relocate poultry farms in the area to a centralized market in East Jakarta.
"As stipulated in a letter from the Jakarta animal husbandry and fisheries agency, poultry owners should have relocated their farms by October 15. We are giving them six months to prepare for this," Central Jakarta mayor Muhayat said Thursday as quoted by news wire Antara.
Currently, there are at least 51 poultry farms in the municipality, as well as several others located in markets.
Muhayat said that poultry farms located in residential areas may contribute to the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus.
Jakarta issued a bylaw banning backyard farming earlier this year, but regulations on poultry farms had not been specified until recently.
The head of the veterinary division of Central Jakarta's animal husbandry office, Imam Suhardi, said that owners of poultry farms could either relocate to the designated area in East Jakarta or relocate to an area outside of Jakarta.