Avian Influenza Outbreak: Kwara steps up measures to curtail spread

Against the background of the outbreak of Avian influenza in some part of the country and the recent losses incurred by poultry farmers in Asa Local Government area of Kwara State, the Kwara State Government has put in place measures to curtail the spread of the disease in the state.

In a press release obtained on Wednesday by Harmony Times and signed by the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr Abdullateef Olugbon, the Director quoted the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the state that “the devastating nature of the disease to the poultry industry and its negative socio-economic impact on the livelihood of farmers, value chain operators as well as its public health implications to the populace intensified the need to tackle the disease with every seriousness.”

She noted further that, the State Government, in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), has activated the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) emergency preparedness plan in the State.

The Permanent Secretary Advised poultry farmers in the state to increase the level of biosecurity on their farm and limit the influx of visitors on their farm.

She went further that the state would be putting in place, “separate livebird market for commercial poultry from domestic fowls and other species such as duck, captive wild and water birds while also enforcing movement control of poultry products from affected States into the State.”

She added, “Farmers in the state to be on alert so as to contain the deadly disease and also to report as a matter of urgency any unusual event in their farms to the nearest Area Veterinary Office in their Local Government or to report such to the Avian Influenza Control Programme (AICP) desk officer, Veterinary Service Department in the State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.”

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