Avian Influenza: Poultry Farmers Cry Out
Poultry farmers in Plateau and Bauchi states have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, over the inability of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to pay them compensation following the destruction of their poultry farms by the ministry as a result of Avian Influenza otherwise known as bird flu.
They are calling on the federal government to as a matter urgency come to their aid by compensating them to enable them continue with their lives.
In the petition which was signed by Godfrey Opara, on behalf of the affected farmers and made available to journalists in Jos, yesterday, they explained that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture had in January this year agreed to compensate poultry farmers whose birds were destroyed following the ministry’s directive having confirmed the infection of Avian influenza on their birds by the National Veterinary Research Institute NVRI, Vom, Jos.
Opara further narrated that the agreement entered between the Federal Ministry in conjunction with World Bank and Poultry farmers was that whoever farm was discovered to be infected by Avian influenza the Ministry would pay N1450 per egg laying bird.