A new strain of Avian Influenza Virus, bird flu, has entered the country
and spread into 26 states and also to the federal capital territory,
This was revealed by Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and
Rural Development, during a meeting with stakeholders in the agriculture
and livestock industry in Abuja on Tuesday.
3.5 million birds have been affected by the new strain of this virus
which is believed to be more devastating than others experienced in the
country. Neighbouring countries have reportedly banned the purchase of
poultry and poultry products from Nigeria in a bid to keep their country
free of the disease.
Ogbeh pointed out that factors that led to
a renewed outbreak of the disease include lack of compliance with
on-farm quarantine measures, violation of biosafety measure, limited
hygiene conditions on farms and refusal of farmers to register with
state directors of veterinary services for easy monitoring.
Ogbeh assured stakeholders that effort is being made to eradicate this
disease from Nigeria in the shortest possible time. According to Ogbeh,
“The Federal Government is determined to continue to work with state
governments, PAN and other stakeholders in the poultry industry to come
up with sustainable measures to prevent, control and eradicate this
disease from our country within the shortest time possible. This is the
major reason for our meeting here today.”