The FG has sent warning alerts to Nigerians on the outbreak of bird flu in the FCT and seven other states.
The Nigerian public has on Friday been notified of an outbreak of Avian Influenza commonly known as bird flu in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other states of the Federation.
Gideon Mshelbwala, the Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in a meeting with state commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja raised the alert.
Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kaduna and FCT, were among the states listed by Mr. Mshelbwala with the incidence of the outbreak reported the latest being on May 30.
He said the outbreak had affected over 26 states of the federation including the FCT since 2008 when it started. The disease had affected 800 farms across 123 local government areas.
Furthermore, Mr. Mshelbwala noted that the government was adopting quarantine, movement control, stamping out, decontamination and bio-security measures to control the spread since there is no scientifically proven vaccine against bird flu.
He cited as well as blamed the continuous spread of the disease on the poor bio-security practices by some poultry farmers, which was regrettable.
Mr. Mshelbwala informed that over N674 million as compensations to 269 farmers across the affected states by the federal government.
“Our national action plan encourages proper regulation of the poultry industry and enforcement of annual registration of all actors along the poultry value chain including farmers, traders, egg merchants and feed millers.
“It also encourages the creation of veterinary extension services to facilitate the control and proper inspection of poultry and poultry products,” he said.
He added that the only available solution to curbing the outbreak of the disease was banning the importation of poultry and its products, quarantine, and bio-security measures, among other measures.
The director, however warned against illegal vaccination of birds as that was even more deadly alternative to control the disease.