An Expert in poultry farming, Mr Adewale Ademiloye, says local poultry farmers need to be adequately trained in order to avoid frequent outbreak of poultry disease in Nigeria.
Ademiloye said there was no short cut to preventing outbreak of common poultry diseases, but the proper training of local farmers.
“There is no shortcut to these things. Poultry farmers in the country need proper poultry education to manage their farms and keep them disease-free,” he said.
The consultant explained that prospective poultry farmers should not only consider the monetary gain, but the need to seek adequate training before embarking on it as a business venture.
“Someone who just lost his job or has interest in poultry should not just go ahead to set up a poultry farm. Most local farmers just care enough to set up a farm and run a business, but do not know what to do when there is a disease outbreak,” he said
Ademiloye also urged poultry farmers to vaccinate the birds early and the practice of Bio-security to avert disease outbreaks.
“Proper vaccination of chicks and continuous Bio-security are two major ways of preventing Poultry disease outbreak,” he said.
He stressed the need for poultry farmers to consult regularly with veterinary doctors in order to forestall disease outbreak.