A former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, Prof Abiodun Adeloye, has urged pig farmers to be at alert for signs of African Swine Fever (ASF) and tighten biosecurity measures.
ASF is a contagious viral infection that spreads rapidly among pigs. It is passed to animals through a vicious cycle between soft ticks and wild pigs and direct contact with infected pigs. ASF kills almost every pig it infects and is likened to Ebola and it is widespread in Africa. Early this year, ASF outbreak was reported in Kampala, Ugandan capital.
According to Adeloye, the outbreaks appear to be frequent and widespread. This, he explained, can increase infection, pressure and the risk of outbreaks in other countries.
Adeoye, who spoke in Lagos, said with climate change, there was the likelihood of occurrence and outbreak of ASF in Nigeria.
According to him, an outbreak could have severe economic consequences, in addition to losses of infected animals.
He warned pigs keepers to be on the alert for signs of the disease in their animals and to maintain tight biosecurity.
Adeloye urged those in piggery to impose sanitary measures, scale up their prevention measures and be ready to respond in case of outbreaks.