Avian influenza: FCT administration completes fumigation of poultry farms

THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration said it had undertaken holistic fumigation of poultry farms across the territory in continuation of its efforts to check the resurgence of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in the area.

It said it was adoption of further health measures aimed at preventing outbreak of diseases in Abuja and would soon embark on registration of poultry farmers in the entire territory.

According to the administration, it has also concluded arrangements to resuscitate and flag-off the annual vaccination and treatment of livestock herd.

Acting Secretary of Agriculture and Rural development, Dr Musa Abubakar Aliyu, said the exercise would focus mainly on livestocks in grazing areas of Gwagwaglada, Old Gawu as well as Fulani herds in Abaji, Bwari, Karshi, Kwali, Kuje and Yaba.

He noted that the administration would provide support and encourage livestock farmers to embrace settlement in the grazing reserves.

According to him, this will also prevent outbreak of infectious diseases of livestock as well as provide treatment for the infected ones.

He said, “This will not only generate employment to the teeming youths in the Federal Capital Territory but would also boost income and generate wealth especially for the livestock farmers.”