Nigeria’s government on Friday has informed the public of Avian Influenza or bird flu outbreak in the FCT and seven states in the country.
Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gideon Mshelbwala, disclosed this in a meeting with state Commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja on Friday.
Mr. Mshelbwala said the affected states are Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and Kaduna, which reported a case on May 30.
According to him, the federal government has paid over N674 million in compensations to 269 farmers across the affected states.
Mr. Mshelbwala explained, “Our national action plan encourages proper regulation of the poultry industry and enforcement of annual registration of all actors along the poultry value chain including farmers, traders, egg merchants and feed millers.
“It also encourages the creation of veterinary extension services to facilitate the control and proper inspection of poultry and poultry products,” he said.
Mr. Mshelbwala said that the way forward to the containment of the disease was to ban importation of poultry and products, quarantine and bio-security measures, among others.
He, however, warned poultry farmers against illegal vaccination of birds, saying that it was a deadly alternative to the control of the disease.