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Nigeria: Avian Bird Flu outbreak in three local governments in Kaduna State

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There is an outbreak of Avian Bird Flu in Kaduna State, Nigeria. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Kaduna state, the farms affected are located in three local government areas of the state. An estimated population of 107,807 birds has been affected and the state government has assured farmers compensation for losses.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Ibrahim Hussaini, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting with the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) in Kaduna yesterday.

He said the affected farms are located in Chikun, Igabi, and Lere local government areas.
According to him tests were conducted by the National Research Veterinary Institute and were positive to highly pathogenic AI.

He was represented by Pakachi Zakariya, Director, Veterinary and Livestock Services, in the ministry.

He advised all farmers in the state not to be afraid of losses as there is a compensation policy for poultry farmers to reduce the impact of losses.

Hussaini urged farmers to immediately report suspected cases to the ministry for timely intervention.

Mr Abel Williams, Deputy Director of the service, said the first outbreak was confirmed in Kaiaga in Lere Local Government Area, with a stock of 5,000 with mortality of 1,000 birds.

He said the third case was confirmed on January 7 at Magaje Memorial Farms in Maraban Jos in Igabi Local Government Area, with a stock size of 82,000 birds with a death rate of 32,000.

Williams said on January 15, another case was recorded in Sutawa in Lere Local Government Area with 14,000 stocks of birds with a death rate of 4,000.

The Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Musa Bala, assured that the association would continue to sensitize its members to the dangers of bird flu.

The Poultry association was given disinfectants for their farms for the prevention of Bird flu and other related diseases.

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