NEW-NYANYA (NASARAWA STATE) – The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has begun the training of key stakeholders 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 stakeholders on Wednesday at New Nyanyan in Nasarawa State.
He said that the step became necessary as attention was being focused on animal health globally.
Raji, who was represented by a Deputy Director, Dr John Taiwo, said the workshop, titled “Behaviour Change in Bio-security in Poultry Production’’, was aimed empowering stakeholders to prevent diseases.
He said that such workshop was necessary following the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza in the country.
According to him, proper knowledge and application of bio-security will help tocurb the ugly situation.
“The objective of the workshop is to develop an action plan in all aspects of disease detection, prevention and control.
“It is also to develop appropriate bio-security for poultry farms and live birds market in rural and urban areas.
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 farmers and other actors along the poultry value chain in their various localities.
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 safety.
Eze identified diseases as the major challenge facing the sector and urged the department to also sensitise farmers 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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