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Poultry value chain/Nigeria - FAO warns of Avian Flu impact on Nigerian food security

07 June 2015

Avian flu will continue to pose a threat to food security in the country unless robust measures of surveillance and control are put in place, according to FAO country representative Dr Louise Setshwaelo. This was mentioned during a training workshop on disease control organized by the Federal Department of Veterinary Services (FDVS), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the FAO. Dr Louise emphasized that avian flu has come back to Nigeria after 10 years of absence and stressed that if not effectively halted as recommended in the country’s preparedness and response plan, it may become endemic. The resurgence of avian influenza in Nigeria has serious implication given the importance of poultry industry to the livelihood and food security as well as health implications. FAO country representative urged that the capacity of the animal health service personnel at national and sub-national levels should be able to act swiftly to contain the disease. FAO will continue to partner and support government not only to control and eradicate avian influenza, such as through the training workshop, but also to control trans-boundary animal disease. Smallholder farmers are the majorly affected in the poultry value chain thus the federal government need to pay compensation for the loss of their birds, appealed the Director of disease surveillance in Plateau State, Doris Bistrus.


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