No poultry bio-security, no compensation
Ghana Minister of Food and Agriculture has warned that
poultry farmers refusing to observe bio-security measures on their farms will
not be paid any compensation in case of a bird flu outbreak.
Minister Ernest Debrah announced that although the government paid
compensation totalling about 1.4 billion cedis for nearly 30,000 birds that were
destroyed as part of the control measures and those that died during the last
outbreak, it would no longer pay compensation on a wholesale basis again.
"Compensation would only be paid to farmers whose poultry are attacked
although they observed all the bio-security measures," he said at the 3-day
regional simulation workshop for Anglophone West African countries for the
control of avian influenza, adding that staff of the Veterinary Services
Directorate had started training poultry farmers on the importance of
bio-security on their farms and would continue until all poultry farmers were
The minister called on security agencies, especially those along the
country's borders, to continue to be vigilant and ensure that live birds or
poultry products did not enter the country. He also urged the Ghana Poultry
Development Board to set standards for the industry so that it could contain any
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