Bird flu: FG re­quires N1.1bn to pay com­pen­sa­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Vin­cent A. Yusuf & Foluke Ojumu

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.

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