RSG Assures On Livestock Diseases Eradication

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L-R: Senibo Paul Ben-Cookey, World Class President, Port Harcourt Central, Rtn Tonye Margaret Nria-Dappa, President 2015/2016 Rotary Club of PH Garden City, Rtn Yomi Kumolu-Johnson, immediate past President, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Garden City, Rtn Chidi Ikeja, Assistant Governor, Zone 20, during the induction of Rtn Tonye  in Port Harcourt, recently.
L-R: Senibo Paul Ben-Cookey, World Class President, Port Harcourt Central, Rtn Tonye Margaret Nria-Dappa, President 2015/2016 Rotary Club of PH Garden City, Rtn Yomi Kumolu-Johnson, immediate past President, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Garden City, Rtn Chidi Ikeja, Assistant Governor, Zone 20, during the induction of Rtn Tonye in Port Harcourt, recently.

The Rivers State Commis
sioner for Agriculture, Bar Onimim Jacks has assured the public  and the livestock farmers in particular that her ministry was committed in ensuring that epidemic  and infectious disease affecting livestrocks are eradicated, controlled and contained in the state.
The commissioner who was represented  by permanent secretary in the ministry , Otonye Okoye gave the assurance at the handover  of biosecurity materials to live bird market operators and poultry farmers  in the state.
According to her, it is the desire of the state government in ensuring that the present status of zero incidence of the livestock disease in Rivers  State  is sustained.
“Unfortunately, Rivers State had the first outbreak of Avian  Influenza  in 2001 in which 1,200 birds were depopulated in one farm. During this period, the production and consumption of poultry  products fell to a very  low  level and the livelihood of many poultry farmers was dislocated,” she said.
Okoye however advised farmer to maintain surveillance on their farms and report any suspicion of Avian influenza disease  to the veterinary staff of the Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture for immediate action.
She also called on the farmers to cooperate  with the state government towards achieving set objective.
Also speaking, the Director of Livestock Services, Mrs Francesca  Fiberesima, said the event was designed to show that government was ever ready to support livebird market  operators and poultry farmers.
“As major players in the poultry industry, we will request that you take care of your trade for your interest and also for public health. This event is also  aimed at increasing your confidence in the government because they are always supportive of your trade”, she said.
She also thanked  the state government  for her effort at ensuring  that Avian influenza  was brought under control in the state and to avoid further outbreak.

 

Benice  Iragunima