Poultry Farmers Urged To Implement Bio-Security Measures

GHANA - Poultry farmers have been urged to implement bio-security measures on their farms to prevent an outbreak of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu). Dr Joseph Adongo Awuni, Head of Bird Flu Surveillance Team, made the call at a day's poultry development workshop organised by Tema Municipal Poultry and Livestock Development Board yesterday.
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He said the only means to prevent an outbreak of bird flu and other poultry diseases was how to implement bio-security measures.

Dr Awuni was speaking on the theme: 'Farm bio-security as a means of preventing bird flu outbreak on poultry farms-from the veterinarian point of view,' at the workshop. Giving some measures in bio-security, Dr Awuni said farmers must fence their farms and provide specific exit and entry, avoid the creation of open feeding ponds to migratory birds.

He said farmers must restrict movements of people and vehicles in and out of susceptible areas and between farms to limit exposure of the disease. Giving the sanitation aspect of bio-security measures, he said the avian virus could not withstand high temperature therefore, detergents and disinfectants must be used always in cleaning farm premises.

Source: Modern Ghana
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