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New EU project to enhance coastal infrastructure in Wales and Ireland
Universities in Wales and Ireland are joining forces to investigate how coastal defences and renewable energy schemes can be improved by more eco-friendly designs.
- Welsh Government seeks innovative ideas to tackle childhood obesity with healthier and cheaper food choices
- Welsh team set to compete at Special Olympics, thanks to Welsh Government and Disability Sport Wales funding
- New EU project to enhance coastal infrastructure in Wales and Ireland
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Section highlightLandfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme
The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.
Final Budget 2017-18 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2017-18 is £15bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Avian Influenza (AI) is a highly contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, digestive and/or nervous system of many species of birds.
Avian Influenza is a disease of birds. Humans can become infected but rarely are. There are many strains of AI viruses which vary in their ability to cause disease. AI viruses are categorised according to their ability to cause severe disease in bird species. There are:
- Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) viruses (HPAI)
- Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) viruses.
New Avian Influenza Prevention Zone - 28 February to 30 April
- They complete the Welsh Government Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Self Assessment Form.
- They adopt one or more of the following:
(i) house their birds
(ii) keep totally separate from wild birds, by use of netting etc
(iii) allow controlled access to outside areas, subject to applying additional risk mitigation measures.
- Wild birds cannot access bedding, feed and water intended for poultry and other captive birds.
- Any person who comes into contact with poultry and other captive birds must take all reasonable precautions to avoid the transfer of contamination between premises, including cleansing and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and PPE and the changing of boots/footwear between houses/different areas of site.
- Steps are taken to reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry or captive birds are kept to minimise contamination between premises. Robust records must be maintained of any movements in or out of the poultry or other captive birds area.
- Vermin control programmes are implemented, including making the area and buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept inaccessible and unattractive to wild birds.
- Housing and equipment is thoroughly cleansed and disinfected at the end of a production cycle.
- The area where poultry or other captive birds are kept is regularly checked for signs of wild bird access and appropriate corrective action taken immediately.
- Boot dips using approved disinfectants at the appropriate concentration, must be kept at all points where people must use it, such as, but not limited to, farm entrances and before entering poultry housing or enclosures.
- Domestic waterfowl (ducks and geese) are kept separately from, and cannot make contact with, other domestic species.
- Regular health checks of the birds are completed and any changes in bird health are discussed with a private veterinary. If a notifiable disease is suspected then this should be immediately reported to APHA.
- The site is regularly inspected and kept clean, any spillages are immediately cleaned.
Gatherings of Poultry Suspended
General and Specific Licences
General licences allow a movement or activity that would otherwise be prohibited within the Zones. Provided you meet and comply with the conditions, you can rely on the general licence as providing authority for the movement or activity. Where general licences are available, these can be found at gov.uk (external link), and include:
- movement of samples for salmonella testing from the PZ or SZ - general licence EXD 314(AI)
- movement of table eggs within or out of the PZ or SZ – general licence EXD 243(AI)(E)
- movement of poultry carcases off premises in PZ EXD339(AI)(E)
- movement of poultry litter, manure or slurry off premises in PZ or SZ EXD353(AI)(E).
Specific licences must be applied for and obtained from APHA. If a licence is issued, it will allow a one-off movement and be subject to certain conditions based on disease control risk.
The form is in a word format (go to gov.uk (external link), and scroll down to Specific Licences to download); it can be filled in electronically and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.