BIRD FLU: Veterinary Services Directorate Depopulates/Disinfects Affected Farms (VIDEOS/PICS)


The Veterinary Services Directorate under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has embarked on depopulation and disinfection of some affected farms in the Greater Accra Region.

According to the Veterinary Services Directorate, the move forms part of measures of weeding out affected farms to avoid the spread of the disease.


Speaking at the depopulation and disinfection exercise, Country Director of Veterinary Service, Dr. Patrick Abakah revealed that the team had toured a number of poultry farms in the Greater Accra Region.


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He explained that the tour was in line with assessing the extent of damage caused by the outbreak of the dreaded and contagious Avian Bird Flu.


He hinted that the affected birds will be killed adding that the poultry farmer will be compensated.


The special team also disinfected the farms to avoid the further spread of the disease.


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He said "We are here to depopulate the farm and we have assured the farmer that whatever activity that is going to take place here, he will be duly compensated"


Dr. Abakah also mentioned that the feeds will also be buried and burnt.


He noted that the team will do everything possible to ensure that it contains the disease.


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He revealed that the team has already visited 15 farms in the Greater Accra Region.


On his part, the Commercial Development Team Leader, Ghana Poultry Project, Raymond Denteh said "Today we are supporting the Veterinary Service Directorate to depopulate the affected farms and tackle the disease in a more scientific way"


He stressed that it is the sole responsibility of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) to compensate the affected farmers and not his organization.


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He hinted that the exercise will not only tackle the disease but also reduce the spread to other farms and contain it.


Mr. Denteh added that the poultry farmers are educated on bird flu adding that they have been asked to report all suspected cases to the appropriate quarters for assistance.


An affected farmer, Umar Mohammed Khali who spoke to Thinknewsonline.com said "I have no other job aside from the poultry farm. I appealed to them not to kill my birds but they said killing it will be in the best interest of all"


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He added that he is going to be jobless for 9months.

He however appealed to authorities not to prolong the payment of compensation.


He told other farmers to cooperate and allow the Veterinary Services Directorate to inspect their farms and help do away with the affected birds.


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Chairman, Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers, Victor Oppong Adjei said "A farm that had 6000 birds, they lost all, and we were only able to get 639 birds to depopulate. We have come here to show concern”


He confirmed that about 14 farms in the Greater Accra Region have been depopulated.


He advised the farmers not to withhold information about the bird flu adding that the Ministry will compensate them.


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Mr. Adjei appealed to the public not to be afraid adding that they should properly treat all live bird stock they purchase before consuming.


The Deputy Minister of Agriculture in charge of Livestock, Alhaji Hardi Tufeiru said “We have come to see a very beautiful farm that was doing very well but now, the farm is gone. We have seen a record book of farm activities such as eggs produced and other animal products, they get prior to the bird flu”


He blamed some farmers as the cause of the pandemic adding the Veterinary Services Directorate is in talks on how to curtail the spread of the disease to other farms.


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“The experts are on the farm help the farmers with best practices as far as this farm management is concerned”


The Deputy Minister sympathized with the farmers and assured them of Government’s support.


Below are some videos and pictures:






Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith




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