A total of 223,695 birds have been depopulated following the outbreak of the avian Influaza in Kano State.
The Director, Veterinary Services in the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Bala Bello disclosed the figure in an interview with the Punch in Kano on Wednesday.
He said the birds were depopulated so as to prevent other birds from infecting the deadly disease pointing out that the number of birds that died as a result of the outbreak had yet to be ascertained.
Bello said a total of 42 poultry farms had so far been affected by the outbreak while no fewer than 40 samples were sent to the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom in Jos, Plateau State for resting.
He said as part of effortsthe ministry had commenced the disinfection of all the major live birds markets in the state in addition to disinfecting the affected farms to check the spread of the disease.
“We are currently disinfecting all the eight major live birds markets in the eight Kano metropolitan local government areas of the state,” the Director said.
According to him, the department had also carried out sensitisation among the various stakeholders to educate them on how detect any live bird infected with the disease.
He said the department had also convened first and second stakeholders meetings where Live birds with live birds and feeds sellers.
“The meetings were held as parts of renewed effort to sensitise them on the need to take preventive measures to check the spread of the virus.
He, however noted that lack of border control is one of the biggest challenge of the ministry as live birds were being imported from different parts of the country especially the neighboring states where the had similar outbreak.
Meanwhile , the Association of Poultry Farmers in Kano state said its members had lost over N500 million as a result of the outbreak of the disease.
The chairman of the state branch, Umar kibiya Usman, who disclosed this in an interview with the Punch, said if urgent steps were not taken to check the spread of the disease,many of their members would lose their investments and he sent out of the business.
“Each live bird cost about N1,800. So, if you multiply the amount by the total number of birds that have been depopulated, it will give you over N500 million.
“So, we are not even talking about the birds that died after infecting the disease,” he added.(End).