Experts say no need to panic as H5N1 spread is localised in Bidar The demand for poultry dropped slightly in Bengaluru on Monday, a day after thousands of chickens died of bird flu (H5N1) in Bidar district.
In 2002-2004, Karnataka's S.M. Krishna government blamed farmers' suicides on alcoholism and gambling. This time around, the authorities cannot ignore the bitter harvest and its aftermath. In Bidar district alone, 48 farmers have killed themselves since July 2006. All of them were sugarcane cultivators. .News of suicides is trickling in from Gulbarga, Gadag, Mandya and Chamarajanagar.