A five day training workshop organised by the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) meant for poultry farmers and live bird market investors recently took place in Vom, Plateau state.
The educative workshop which welcomed poultry/live-bird operators was a professional training channeled towards the direction of tackling the menace of the infectious dreaded bird flu disease also known as ‘Avian Influenza’ .
Moreover, the programme seemed to be an all encompassing one as it succeeded in pulling the presence of participants across the 36 states of the nation. This could be attributed to the fact that the workshop was to afford key stakeholders in the poultry value chain the opportunity to rub minds on critical issues regards the national biosecurity in the management and control of bird flu.
Director and Chief Executive Officer of the NVRI, Dr. David Shamaki, who took the welcome address ecstatically applauded the participants and maintained that their attendance showed their resilience and collective commitment in the quest to eliminate Avian Influenza in the nation at large.
The FAO funded training also welcomed the attendance of Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria and Director of Veterinary and Pest Control of the Federal Department Services Abuja, Dr. Olaniran Alabi, who also emphasised on the necessity of the training, as he believes that attendees and participants present will be privileged to acquire skills on basic biosecurity practices that will be helpful to the prevention and marginalization of poultry related diseases and further give room for better poultry production.
Thus, Professor Mrs Lami Lombin presented the National Action Plan on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, while an FAO consultant and Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Jos, explained that the major components of the action plan include political will mobilization, capacity building, compensation scheme for live bird markets and laboratory consumables.
On the other hand, the participants had moments to testify about as they received various expert presentations on Avian Influenza from Dr. Tony Joannis of the Regional Laboratory on Avian Influenza and Trans Boundary Animal Diseases of NVRI. Inclusive was an interactive review on the disease i.e the emergence of the disease in to the country and the roles of farmers played in fighting it.