Ogun Or­ders Poul­try Farms, Value Chain Op­er­a­tors Regis­tra­tion

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - BUSINESS AGRO - By Olorun­toba Badru

OGun­state gov­ern­ment has di­rected poul­try farms with over 250 birds ca­pac­ity, hatch­ery op­er­a­tors, live bird mar­kets and poul­try pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the state to reg­is­ter with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture in ac­cor­dance with An­i­mal Dis­ease Con­trol Act 2004.

The com­mis­sioner of Agri­cul­ture, Mrs Ade­peju Ade­bajo, who dis­closed this in Abeokuta, said the regis­tra­tion, com­menc­ing im­me­di­ately, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (PANOG) Ogun State Chap­ter, would give the state op­por­tu­nity to have up­dated data­base of the poul­try farm­ers and other value-chain op­er­a­tors, for bet­ter con­trol of zoonotic and en­demic dis­eases.

She noted that the ex­er­cise would also put into fo­cus farms that are en­ti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion in case of out­break of zoonotic dis­eases like the highly path­o­genic Avian In­fluenza.

Ade­bajo there­fore so­licited the co­op­er­a­tion of all stake­hold­ers for a thor­ough and suc­cess­ful regis­tra­tion process, warn­ing that de­fault­ers will be made to face the full weight of the law or even clo­sure of such farms or hatch­eries if need be, in the event of dis­ease out­break and other un­fore­seen even­tu­al­i­ties caused by their neg­li­gence.

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