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Jakarta Post

Bio-security in chicken farms

Fri, January 5, 2018   /   04:11 am
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    Chicken eggs are seen lay in the Renaa Farms in Sedayu village, Jumantoro district, Karanganyar regency, Central Java. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    A farm worker picks eggs from chicken coop at the bio-security system Renaa Farm. The egg picker must wear special clothes before entering a special zone. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    The eggs are being weighed. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    Workers sort the already cleaned eggs before being distributed to the market. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    A warning board saying “Only green slippers are allowed in the green zone” is put on the entrance of the green zone in the farms’ area. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    Visitors and workers must change their clothes before entering the farms. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    A warning sign saying “Entering the yellow zone, everyone must: change into yellow slippers, take a shower, change clothes” is put on the iron gate. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    The hens at the bio-security farms. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

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    A worker pushes a cart filled with eggs. The egg production has increased by 11 percent after the Renaa Farms applied bio-security measure. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

At the Renaa Farms in Sedayu village, Jumantoro district in Karanganyar regency, Central Java, each visitor must take a shower and change their clothes first before entering the farms area. They also need to change slippers every time they enter different zones.

Some people may see this as an overreaction.

However, the Renaa Farms have applied the bio-security measures as a precaution to prevent disease transmission. Bio-security is a string of procedures to avoid direct contacts between poultry and the source of disease.

The three-zone biosecurity program is a result from the accompaniment from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to create healthy farms so that the poultry can be healthy and productive.

Bio-security also covers sanitation, disinfection, vaccination and medicines for the poultry.

Therefore, tight control over incoming and outgoing people in the farms area should be monitored. [yan]