Bird flu: FG requires N1.1bn to pay compensation
The Federal Government said it would require about N1.11billion as compensation claims to be paid to poultry farmers in the country.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Architect Sonny Echono stated this in Abuja during a meeting with stakeholders in the poultry industry.
He stated that the resurgence of Avian Influenza has spread to 85 Local Government Areas in 20 states; the FCT and affected 491 farms across the country while 1.5 million birds were depopulated.
Architect Echono also said that sum of over N380 million was paid as compensation to 138 farmers nationwide and additional N263m has been verified by the technical consultants appointed by the World Bank for the purpose.
He lamented that the mandatory disease control activities by states veterinary department are not being effectively undertaken, which include mandatory registration and certification of all farms and live birds markets within the state; disease investigation and trace back and awareness creation on the disease.
The Federal Government also noted with concern that poultry association in the states have not been up and doing with regards to assisting the state officials in the efforts aimed at curtailing the spread of the disease.