Poultry farmers told to observe bio-security measures

Poultry2Dr. Kofi Kwansah-Filson, Ashanti Regional Veterinary Officer, has told poultry farmers to observe basic bio-security measures to prevent the bird flu and other poultry-related diseases.

They should stick to the right drugs, wear protective clothing, and to thoroughly wash their hands with soap after the close of work.

He again underlined the importance of staying in close contact with trained veterinarians to benefit from expert advice on how to do things.

Dr. Kwansah-Filson, who was inaugurating the Afigya-Kwabre District Poultry Farmers Association at Nkukua-Buoho said the birds must be protected against pathogens to bring to the farmer maximum profit.

He praised the farmers for coming together to form the Association which would enable them speak with one voice, but equally importantly access services of the veterinary department.

They should be inspired by the interventions introduced by the government to increase the local production of birds.

Mr. Victor Oppong-Adjei, National Chairman of the Poultry Farmers’ Association, said everything would be done to resuscitate dormant farmer-groups to raise production, and provide jobs.

Mr. John Senya, the District Chairman, appealed for the creation of the area into one of the broiler production zones, saying there were more than 60 large, small-scale and backyard farms there.

He also spoke of the need to assist the farmers with long-term flexible loans to grow their businesses.

Nana Kutin Safia, chief of Kyekyewere, urged them to rely on the technical support of veterinary officers in order to achieve high returns.

Source: GNA

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