Agric ministry moves to protect poultry industry against epidemic




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NEW-NYANYA (NASARAWA STATE) – The and Rural Development has begun the training of key in the poultry industry to enhance disease prevention, detection and control.

Dr Ademola Raji, the Director, Department of Animal Production and Husbandry Services, made the disclosure at a workshop organised for on Wednesday at New Nyanyan in Nasarawa State.

He said that the step became necessary as attention was being focused on animal globally.

Raji, who was represented by a Deputy Director, Dr John Taiwo, said the workshop, titled “Behaviour Change in Bio- in Poultry Production’’, was aimed empowering to prevent diseases.

He said that such workshop was necessary following the recent of Avian Influenza in the country.

According to him, proper knowledge and application of bio- will help tocurb the ugly situation.

“The objective of the workshop is to develop an action in all aspects of disease detection, prevention and control.

“It is also to develop appropriate bio- for poultry farms and live birds market in rural and urban areas.
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“It will build capacity in technical, communication skills and advise poultry growers, sellers and live birds marketing administrators on developing a bio- ,’’ he said.

Raji listed co-organisers of the workshop as Federal Department of Agricultural Extension Services, the for Animal (NIAS) and Poultry of (PAN).

Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, the Registrar of the NAIS, Dr Oyedele Oyedeji, said the workshop would address many challenges facing the poultry sub-sector.

According to him, the forum will have great impact on the standards used in crop and animal production.

He added that “products are as good as the process used in producing them’’.

He said the participating stakeholders were required to retrain and other actors along the poultry value chain in their various localities.

The registrar urged the department to convene a of all stakeholders to review the livestock policy for .

Oyedeji said it would give a proper direction to animal breeding and genetics, animal nutrition marketing, operating procedures and animal welfare which would be disseminated to states through the extension services.

He said that this would enable the country meet all international benchmarks in animal feed, product and human food .

In an interview with the News Agency of (NAN), the Zonal Secretary, North Central, Poultry of (PAN), Mr Dennis Eze, commended the department for organising the workshop.

He said that the training was timely as many poultry had recorded huge losses in the recent of Avian Influenza otherwise called “Birds Flu’’.

Eze identified diseases as the major challenge facing the sector and urged the department to also sensitise in the area of feed production.

The secretary encouraged poultry farmers not to lose hope in spite of the various challenges. (NAN)
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