Farmers Suffer Huge Loss To Birds Flu


Farmers Suffer Huge Loss To Birds Flu


Poultry farmers in Bauchi State, as farmers in the state lost 50,000 birds to Avian Influenza, also called bird flu, which has affected poultry business in the state.


This disclosed by the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sama’ila Adamu Burga, who said that Bauchi was one of the seven states in the country challenged with the emergence of the disease, that of the 50,000 birds, 27,000 were killed by the farmers to curb the spread of the disease

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He urged poultry farmers to follow guidelines instituted by the government to ensure that the flu is well contained in order to safely move poultry products across the country, noting that humans could become sick with the disease, as the effect of the disease on a nation’s economy is well documented, especially with the country’s poultry value chain taking a major hit.

The commissioner explained the timeline of the disease in the country, as far back as 2006, a resurgence in 2007 and in 2015 and 2019, and the most recent occurrence that during the first bird flu outbreak in 2006, which was first recorded in Kaduna State, over 325,000 chickens were said to have been infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus, a member of the H5N1 virus.

Of the 325,000 chickens that were lost, 223,000 were slaughtered to contain the spread however, the disease spread to 22 states, while Lagos State, in 2007, reported an infected human.

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He said that stakeholders were in talks with the state’s agriculture ministry to devise means to curb the flu.

“It is gladdening to state that, so far, many poultry industry stakeholders, such as poultry owners/workers, my field officers and live bird marketers, were screened through a joint exercise between my ministry, Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) where samples were collected, sent to laboratory and all the results turned out to be negative.” He said.

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