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New Rules for Markets Will Boost Biosecurity

by 5m Editor
16 December 2009, at 8:29am

NIGERIA - New arrangements for live bird markets will help improve biosecurity, an official has announced.

The presence of live-bird markets across the country will ensure the security of birds against diseases, the coordinator of Live-birds Markets Development, Dr Gidado Mohammed has said.

All Africa reports that he was speaking in Kano on 14 December during a workshop 'Biosecurity for Live Bird Markets in West Africa', the coordinator said the model live-bird markets were established in Kano, Kaduna and Lagos States in order to safeguard the birds from livestock diseases.

"The markets have three sections. There are selling section, receiving section and processing section. So this arrangement will enhance the security of birds, and enhance productivity," he said.

The coordinator also revealed that they have planned to establish eight live-bird markets in other states.

Dr Mohammed said: "We have now established three markets in three states of Kano, Lagos and Lagos. Our next target is to establish the markets in five states."

He added that poultry stakeholders would have 20 per cent stake, while government would have 80 per cent stake.

"The reason why we made this arrangement is for them to have some sense of belonging so that the market will develop," he explained.

He disclosed that 63 million naira (NGN) compensation was paid to 3,037 farms and farmers who were affected by bird flu, while 1.26 million birds were depopulated in 97 local governments across the country.

At the same event, Professor Timothy Obi, coordinator of Stop Avian Influenza at Accra Regional Office in Ghana, expressed the need for the establishment of the live-bird markets in the West African region, saying the markets would ensure the security of birds.

He said Nigeria was chosen for the international workshop because of the country's commitment to the security of birds, saying such was the reason the model markets were established in the country, concludes the report in All Africa.