FEC Okays Revised Response Plan On Bird Flu

The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved the Revised Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Nigeria.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mahmood Abubakar, briefed State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister said that bird flu, which was prevalent in Asia, was experienced for the first in Nigeria in 2006 and led to the loss of about 1.2 million birds and chickens.

Abubakar said that the poultry industry had grown to have a population of over 165 million birds worth about 1.6 trillion naira.

According to him, 70 per cent of the industry is populated by rural dwellers.