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Delta farmer cries for help, loses millions of naira to bird flu

The Management of Oghenejename Farms Limited, Ekrerhavwen-Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, has decried the outbreak of bird flu, lamenting  it has wreak havoc on the farm.

Director of Production in the Farm, Mr. Andrew Unutame, also lamented that most of the farms in the State have been affected by influenza, which they had been trying to curtail in the last three months.

Unutame said over 11, 000 birds, including laying birds and the ones at the point of lay, have been killed on the farm in the last three days.

He said: “The bird flu is an airborne disease that kills birds on an hourly basis. The first day we noticed, two birds died. Within the next one hour, five birds died, then 10 and the mortality rate began to increase at a geometric progression.

“Presently, we are helpless because, all measures to put an end to the disease has so far failed. We have lost millions of naira to the outbreak of this disease and we don’t know how to come out of it presently.

“We are calling on the Federal, State government and relevant Agencies of giving, to come to our aid by providing for us, all that is necessary to tackle this problem, including financial assistance.”

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