By Olatunji Saliu ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
A bird flu outbreak in Nigeria’s central state of
Plateau since last month has killed 42,000 poultry so far,
leading to the catastrophic loss of revenues by poultry farmers
and posing huge risks to consumers of poultry products in
Africa’s most populous country.
Association of Nigeria which gave the figure on Monday said in
the past week more birds were depopulated in local farms due to
has brought huge losses to local farmers,” said John Dasar,
Plateau State head of the local poultry association.
In total, 12 farms
have been so far affected by bird flu outbreak in the state.
The bird flu, also
known as avian flu, is influenza that spreads among birds and
can affect humans.
Dasar attributed the
fast spread of bird flu in the central Nigerian state to the
hesitation by farmers to report cases in their farms to the
At least 130 poultry
farmers were affected by the disease in 2015 and 2016 but none
of them had been compensated by the authorities, he said.
For this reason,
rather than report the cases of bird flu in their farms to the
authorities, the local farmers would prefer to sell their
affected birds to desperate buyers to make quick money, Dasar
“In the past,
whenever we got wind of an outbreak, we alert government
officials to take immediate action; that is the only option,” he
The latest outbreak
of bird flu “is making farmers go through a tough time,” he told
Xinhua, adding the disease had affected the supply of eggs and
other poultry products in the markets.
said they are taking the right steps to curtail the spread of
the disease to prevent great losses to the poultry industry and
of human lives in the west African country.
On Jan. 25, the
Nigerian parliament ordered an investigation into the recurring
bird flu cases in some parts of the country.
At least 80,000
poultry were culled in 45 farms following an outbreak of avian
influenza in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kano in January