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Bird flu: Kano govt kills 9,000 birds

Bird flu: Kano govt kills 9,000 birds
December 29
16:49 2016
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The Kano state government says it has killed 9,000 birds since two weeks ago when bird flu resurfaced in the state.

Shehu Bawa, a director in the state’s ministry of agriculture and natural resources, made the disclosure in an interview with NAN on Thursday in Kano.

He said the birds were killed in two poultry farms that 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,” he said.

“We killed 500 birds in the first farm, while 8,500 were killed in the second farm.”

Bawa said the ministry would intensify surveillance and disinfection of other farms to check the spread of the disease, and would continue to sensitise farmers on the need for them to ensure clean environment.

He urged the federal government to pay compensation to farmers who lost their birds in 2015.

Barwa said the affected farmers were yet to receive anything from government.

“The payment will greatly assist in checking the spread of the disease as they (poultry farmers) will promptly report outbreak of the disease to government since they know they will get compensation,” Bawa said.

“Even if they are not fully compensated, federal government should assist affected farmers to alleviate their sufferings.”

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