NIGERIA - The Poultry Association of Nigeria, Ogun State (PANOG) has claimed that requests for government compensation for the recent avian flu outbreaks there have 'fallen on deaf ears'.
Speaking to the New Telegraph in the country, Chairman of PANOG, Dr Olalekan Odunsi said: “Till now the farmers have not received any form of compensation from the Federal Government despite our several pleas.”
The association, he explained, is still soliciting for assistance from government to compensate the farmers as thousands of birds were killed in Ogun State, which has affected their businesses.
There was an outbreak of avian influenza in Kano early this year, which spread to Lagos, Delta, Rivers Edo, Plateau and Ogun states.
Recently, there were new cases of bird flu in Abia and Enugu states, which the Executive Director of National Veterinary Research Institute, Dr Mohammed Ahmed, confirmed in Jos, Plateau State. He said that it was the first time flu was found in the two states.
Dr Ahmed noted that the disease was stamped out in May this year after destroying 1.4 million birds in 18 states of the federation.
He said that new cases have been traced to purchase of birds from Ibadan, Oyo State, at the ‘point of lay’ by some poultry farmers in these two states and the Institute is doing its utmost to work with affected states to stamp out the disease.ThePoultrySite News Desk