Poultry farmers in Kano have lost over N600 million to bird flu outbreak which ravaged 42 farms in the last two months.
The state wing of Poultry farmers Association of Nigeria (PAN) confirmed an outbreak of Avian Influenza popularly known as bird flu in the state about two months ago.
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The state PAN Chairman, Alhaji Umar Usman Kibiya, said two months ago, farmers officially reported the case to authorities when they noticed some elements of the flu.
According to him, the association and officials from the state ministry of agriculture have been battling with the issue since then.
The state PAN Chairman, who revealed that 42 farms have been affected so far, added that 40 samples have been submitted for testing.
He further explained that officials had succeeded in depopulating 223, 695 birds in the affected farms across the affected areas.
“We reported the case two months ago and ever since, the association and officials from the ministry of agriculture have been doing their best to address the issue. Frontline officers have been provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to enable them execute their duties effectively.
Over 200,000 birds have been officially killed in the 42 affected farms,” he said.