Bird Flu: FG Commences Second Batch Payment

Bird Flu: FG Commences Second Batch Payment

Postby Richard Akindele » Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:46 pm

The Federal Government yesterday said it has commenced the second batch payment to farmers whose birds were culled after being certified or suspected to be affected by the Avian Flu.

Frank Nweke, Minister for Information and National Orientation, said this in Abuja, during a two-day communication workshop on the containment of Avian Influnza in Nigeria, organized for Federal Information Centres (FICs), and National Orientation officers.

He said the payment was to encourage poultry farmers to quickly report cases of high mortality among their birds and to cushion the effect of loss incurred by farmers whose birds were culled.

Nweke, while revealing that Nigeria is collaborating with other African countries to find a solution to the disease, urged all media groups to continue to regularly disseminate educational messages on Avian Influenza.

"As media gatekeepers, information managers and social mobilisers, you are expected to help implement the communication strategy in an articulate and effective manner. Communication is the key to the containment and control of the avian flu," he said.

Nweke said very soon, government would conduct analysis of the socio-economic impact of the bird flu problem in Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations (UN), to know the areas that need to be addressed to help the poultry sector and other stakeholders.

He reiterated government's commitment to stamping out bird flu in the country as quickly as possible, adding that plans are underway to engage in constant dialogue with poultry farmers, and enlighten them on effective bio-security measures.

Earlier in his welcome address, Sheidu Ozigis, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, identified illiteracy and superstition as barriers to a successful control of the avian influenzia.

He said unlike developed economy, where poultry is largely managed as full time business by experts trained for the purpose, Nigeria poultry industry was still largely home-based with close interaction between the family and the birds.

According to him, this gave high prospect of bird to human and eventually human to human transmission of the dreaded disease, noting that it was therefore necessary to prevent the disease from reaching the pandemic stage.

"Unless adequate steps were taken to create awareness and mobilise the citizenry, especially those at the grassroots through equipping them with relevant and useful knowledge, there is likely to be consequences which can be avoided."
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