SFH on supply of live poultry

     Following is the transcript of remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man, after attending a public function this morning (January 5):

Reporter: How to improve the delivery arrangement to satisfy both the chicken traders and Ta Kwu Ling residents (regarding the Ta Kwu Ling checkpoint)?

Secretary for Food and Health: The current proposal is for a relatively small number of live chickens to be released from the local farms. We need to test upon the operational arrangement to find out whether it is feasible or not. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will have to further discuss with the farmers and come up with an operational arrangement that can address the concern of local residents on minimising the risks of infection, environmental pollution as well as possible traffic congestion. I am hopeful that the AFCD can devise such an operational plan, after which the department will seek to communicate and explain to the local residents so as to gain their understanding.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Monday, January 5, 2015
Issued at HKT 15:03