The recent outbreak of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, in Nigeria has worsened the plight of poultry farmers who are already faced with a myriad of problems.
The outbreak, the first in two years, has compounded the difficulties already facing the Nigerian poultry industry. From the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and escalating feed-grains prices, some poultry farmers have been pushed to the brink as they battle the bird flu outbreak. The flu, an airborne disease that usually occurs during cold weather – between November and February, is a threat to livelihoods and food security in Africa’s most populous country.
Cases of the highly contagious strains of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and H5N1 have been found in Kano, Bauchi, Plateau, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Niger states, and killing birds or forcing farms to cull poultry to keep the virus at bay is ongoing, PAN told BusinessDay.
Source: Business Day
According to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, over 329,000 birds across 62 farms have been slaughtered to contain the virus spread.