Ibadan – All Farmers Association of Nigeria, (AFAN) Oyo State Branch, has urged the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to assist in curtailing the spread of the bird flu in the state.
Mr Olumide Aina, Chairman of the association, made this call in an interview with newsmen in Ibadan.
He said that in view of the losses experienced by many poultry farmers recently in the state, the association had approached the Federal Ministry for help.
“We don’t know the cause of the disease, but it is really affecting the sales of livestock in the market.
“We are hopeful that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture will respond fast enough in checking the deadly disease,” he said.
Aina, however, appealed to poultry farmers to be calm, saying, “with help on the way, I believe that the disease will soon become a thing of the past.”
The chairman also called on the Oyo State Government to provide storage facilities, such as silos, for farmers to store their seedlings.
Aina said that although Gov. Abiola Ajimobi promised to provide storage facilities in each of the six geopolitical zones in the state, none had been provided.