Bird Flu: Farmers Petitions  Buhari, Ogbe For Compensation

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Yakubu Busari

Poultry farmers in Plateau and Bauchi states have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, for non payment of the agreed compensation to the affected farmers of bird flu of the said areas by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, calling on the Federal Government to as matter urgency come into their aid.

While pleading to Buhari and Ogbe, the farmers expressed confidence that the president administration being the government of change would get them out of their plight.

The petition which was signed by Godfrey Opara, on behalf of victims and made available to Journalists in Jos, explained that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture had in January this year agreed to compensate poultry farmers whom their birds were de-populated (killed) by the ministry’s directive having confirmed the infection (Avian influenza) in the birds at the National Veterinary Research Institute VOM in Jos.

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Opara further narrated that the agreement entered between the ministry in conjunction with World Bank and poultry farmer was whoever his or her bird was avian influenza infected would be killed, and the ministry would pay N1450 per egg laying bird, adding that the ministry had promised since January to settle the farmers but yet to do that.

He said all the birds of the affected farmers were killed since then and lots of people were not compensated as earlier agreed.

Part of the petition reads, “even though after lots of complaints and protests by the affected victims regarding the issue , the ministry started paying the money with some received N1450 per bird while some N650, and some received N520 per bird without any explanation as to why some were paid less than the initial agreement with the ministry.”

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