The National Directorate of Employment, NDE, on Wednesday commenced training of 75 small-holder poultry farmers in Plateau State on the avian influenza control.
Avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, has killed at least 40,000 birds in the state this year.
The state coordinator of NDE, Steven Ndaks, said the virus had negative economic consequence to poultry farmers.
“We are convinced that this training is very necessary for the profitable management of any animal farming business,” Mr. Ndaks, represented by Cyril Offiong, said.
According to the NDE boss, the training workshop was particularly on bio-safety, bio-security and biological risk management for small-holder livestock farmers.
He said the training was also focused on germs control and taking necessary precautions to protect the population and the environment – particularly against transmitted diseases from animal to man and communicable diseases.
Mr. Ndaks said the participants would be exposed to critical issues in biological risk management assessment, formulation of appropriate bio-security plans for different classes of livestock.