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Avian Flu: FCTA Urges Poultry Farmers To Maintain Simple Hygiene

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has advised
poultry farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to maintain
simple hygiene in their farms to avoid Avian Influenza.

Speaking at a sensitization/advocacy workshop for poultry farmers in
the territory, the secretary, FCTA Agriculture and Rural Development
Secretariat (ARDS), Hon. Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, stated that
Avian Influenza, popularly known as Bird Flu, has no cure or any
effective vaccine.

Nzekwe maintained that simple farm hygiene remains the best remedy for
Avian Influenza, which according to him, has the capacity for 100 per
cent mortality and can drive farmers out of business.

Earlier, FCT chief veterinary officer, Dr. Regina Adulugba, had
explained that the advocacy was necessary to ensure that no outbreak
of Avian Influenza is recorded in the territory.

Adulugba warned farmers against allowing people into their farms
without being disinfected, adding that only staff should have free
access into the farms, while staff who have visited other farms should
take a holiday and be disinfected before returning to the facility.
In a paper, a deputy director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture
and Rural Development, Dr. Columba Teru Vakuru, advised poultry
farmers to be careful and not to allow infection in their farms, as a
single mistake can wipe out a farm within three days of notice.

“Apart from farm fumigation, bird cages and farm vehicles should be
properly disinfected, while wood cages should be faced out and
replaced with plastic and iron cages for easy disinfection as the wood
soaks and retains moisture,” Vakuru added.




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