The Kano state government has called on the Federal Government for assistance following the re-emergence of Bird Flu in the state two weeks ago.
The Director for the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, ‘Dr. Shehu Bawa’ pleaded with the FG to pay farmers who had lost their birds as well as those who were affected by the disease.
Dr. Bawa said;
"The payment will greatly assist in checking the spread of the disease as they (poultry farmers) would promptly report any outbreak of the disease to the government since they know they would get compensation. Even if they are not fully compensated, Federal Government should assist the affected farmers to alleviate their sufferings".
Bawa further revealed that no less than 9,000 birds had been killed since the disease reappeared two weeks ago, adding that these birds were killed from two poultry farms which had been infected with the disease.
"As I am talking to you now, only two farms were hit by the disease and the farms had since been depopulated. We killed 500 birds in the first farm, while 8,500 were killed in the second farm".
Bawa also revealed that the agency would commence immediate surveillance and disinfection so as to minimize the spread of the disease and also educate farmers on the disease.