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Bird Flu: 103 farms affected in Greater Accra Region 

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By Isaac Newton Tetteh, GNA 

www.ghanareaders.com

Tema, Feb. 21, GNA – More than 103 poultry farms in the Greater Accra Region were affected by Avian influenza (Bird Flu) since the outbreak started last year, the Regional Veterinary Officer, Dr Joseph Kofi Abuh, has disclosed. 

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Dr Abuh said the outbreak was a major setback for the poultry farmers in the Greater Accra Region. 

Dr Abuh said in all 201,106 birds died during the peak of the outbreak in the Region, adding 77,446 birds died from the infection whereas 123,660 birds were destroyed by the Veterinary Officers across the 103 affected poultry farms.  

Dr Abuh, who is also a Deputy Director, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, said 475 bags of poultry feed and 615 crates of eggs were also destroyed across the affected farms in 19 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Region. 

He noted that some poultry farmers could partially be blamed for the spike in the outbreak in recent times. 

According to him, some affected farmers did not adhere to the bio-security measure in their farms hence the spike in cases, stressing that some farmers disposed of dead birds and other affected materials from their farms indiscriminately. 

The Regional Veterinary Officer noted that there were instances where poultry farmers brought new birds to already affected places knowing very well the ramifications involved in such ventures. 

Dr. Abuh further cautioned poultry farmers and anyone considering to start poultry farming to be mindful of the place where their birds could be kept, adding that affected places were not conducive for startups. 

 advanced to compensate the affected poultry farmers, saying some compensation packages had been released to the Ministry for onward disbursement. 

GNA

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