By Elizabeth Uwandu
ASABA—Poultry farmers in Delta State have lost about N8 million to the deadly Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Austin Chikezia, who made this known in Asaba, said the state has successfully contained the resurgence of the highly pathogenic Bird Flu, which affected no fewer than 5,661 poultry birds that were culled to prevent the spread of the disease.
The commissioner who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Pius Okonjo at the opening of a one day workshop for poultry stakeholders on the resurgence of Avian Influenza, announced that Delta State recorded six outbreaks of the Bird flu in backyard poultry farms and a live bird market, all occurring in Delta North senatorial district.
“It took the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural resources, Delta State and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to control and contain these outbreaks,” Chikezie said, adding that a total of 5,661 poultry birds were culled to prevent the spread of the disease, estimated at over N8 million.
According to him, three out of the six farms have been compensated by the Federal Government, while the remaining three are being processed.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Charles Diai, called on all stakeholders in the poultry industry to take advantage of the training to learn skills and update their knowledge on the prevention and control techniques that are used in containing the disease.