Livestock Sector Could Witness an Outbreak of Diseases this Year — NiMet
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency have shown by their latest findings that the livestock sector in Nigeria could witness an outbreak of diseases, as parasites might hit fish ponds in parts of the country this year in its 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction.
The agency stated that the volume of rainfall that would be experienced this year could trigger the spread of diseases in animals that, the outbreak of diseases could reduce feed intake in ruminants in the livestock sector.
The report stated that, “The predicted normal to above normal rainfall amounts in most places may create conducive environment for breeding of parasites that cause outbreak of diseases and invariably reduce feed intake,”.
“It is therefore advised that farmers TO keep their herds dry by using dry straws and fumigate against pathogens. Also, farmers should ensure that their animals are not made to stand for long on wet grounds.” It added.
The agency explained that in aquaculture, there could be an outbreak of parasites, as many fish ponds could overflow this year as a result of the amount of rain that is expected in 2021.
The SCP stated “The predicted normal to above normal rainfall amounts in some parts of the country may create a conducive environment for breeding of parasites and fish pond overflowing,”
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The agency however advised operators in aquaculture to dredge out mud and weeds from their ponds with the aim of making it deeper to hold much water during the raining season.
It encouraged farmers to plant trees such as plantain, banana, etc, around the pond to maintain optimum temperature and the pond should be made clean frequently during this period and avoid the construction of ponds on waterways.
The report on the poultry sector, stated that the day and night temperatures this year would positively affect production in the industry.
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