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Aregbesola, Osun farmers move to forestall spread of Bird Flu

In a move to avoid Avian Influenza popularly known as Bird Flu to Osun State, the?Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has been deployed to monitor control posts.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State said this at a seminar organised by state chapter of Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) in collaboration with Tuns Farms on prevention of bird flu in the state.
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, added that approval for the purchase of chemicals to fumigate all farms in the state has been made.

Worried by the negative effects of the disease, he explained that efforts have been made to ensure that there was no single case of Avian Influenza in the state.
“You could recollect that when the disease became epidemic in Nigeria in year 2006, there was no single case of it in our state. In our bid to prevent the recent alerts in some states of federation, we have approved the purchase of chemicals to fumigate all farms in the State.

“We have also directed??Veterinary department in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food security to deploy all its officers to man all the control posts in and out of the state,” he said.

Aregbesola, who hailed?organisers of the seminar, pleaded with peopled of the state to assist in preventing the disease.

“People should support the state??and PAN in the fight against the disease by promptly reporting strange bird behaviour and high mortalities of the bird to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food security,” he added.

Managing Director of Tuns Farms, Engineer Olalekan Badmus, warned that prompt actions needed to be taken in order to prevent the disease from turning to an epidemic.

This, he said, could be achieved if poultry farmers take bio security of their farms as a priority.
He said, “If the current alerts is not put in check and allowed to becoming an epidemic, it could lead to unemployment in the country, as most farms would close down and other poultry related industries would be affected. That is the reason we come up with this seminar in collaboration with PAN.
“Despite the fact that Tuns Farm is a bio secured farm which has modern facilities for??quality control and disease preventive operations, we do not rest on our oasis, already, our quality assurance team have been put on alert to put more biosecurity measures in place and??to engage in sensitisation of???OBOPs farmers in the state on bird flu.”
The state chairman of Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Chief Olukiran Oluyemi, described the seminar as a form of preventive measure and enlightenment about the disease.
He also advised poultry farmers in the state “to adhere strictly to bio-security measure to prevent bird flu from attacking their farms”.


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