The Ebonyi Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources on Monday at Ugwuachara in Abakaliki destroyed 1,500 birds, to prevent further spread of the Avian Influenza, popularly known as Bird Flu, to other farms in the state.
The state Commissioner, Mr Uchenna Orji, who made this known to newsmen, said that the ministry swung into action in order de-contaminate the affected farm.
“We have destroyed 1,500 birds and the feeds, to avoid further spread to other poultry farms.
“We went into action following the test results which revealed that the birds had been attacked by the Avian Influenza.’’
He said that the ministry had declared a state of emergency in the poultry industry, to alert members of the public and poultry farms owners to report cases of affected birds.
He added that the ministry would place surveillance on neighboring communities and poultry farms, to avoid any spread of the disease.
“Ebonyi is an agrarian state with crops, fish farming and poultry among others, and the ministry is alive to its duties, responsive and responsible to ensure that farmers in the state are protected from disease attacks.