Poultry farmers in Nigerian are urging the government to ensure improved biosecurity which will lead to a reduction in bird flu spread.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, poultry farmer Emmanuel Iregbeyen, who explained the devastating loss farmers are experiencing from bird flu said about 70% of poultry farmers in his settlement have been affected by the flu outbreak.
“We are only operating at 30% capacity now. It has not really been a pleasant experience for us with heavy losses on all sides, affected poultry farmers are barely trying to survive,” Iregbeyen said.
Though the federal government has promised to compensate poultry producers for their losses, farmers like Iregbeyen fear that this could take months to come to fruition.
Meanwhile, his colleague from Lagos state Theresa Muyi has acted and improved biosecurity measures, hoping to prevent an outbreak on her farm.
“We are taking extra biosecurity measures to prevent it in our farms, like fumigating in and around the farm areas.
“In our settlement, we have not been affected by the bird flu outbreak but we are taking extra biosecurity measures to prevent it in our farms, like fumigating in and around the farm areas.”
Muyi has also restricted the movement of people in and around local poultry farms.
Nigeria’s current bird flu outbreak is thought to have originated in illegal imports of almost-hatched eggs.