ASSESSMENT OF EFFECTS OF BIRD FLU ON POULTRY PRODUCTION IN IKORODU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF LAGOS STATE

K. O. Bello, O. T. Oyeleke, O. T. Irekhore, J. A. Oyedepo, A. M. Adetoye

Abstract


Food safety issues and the likely challenge on poultry products in domestic and inter nationally markets are pertinent issues in the food supply chain thus the need for regular surveillance and policy evaluation. This study was conducted between March and April 2015 to determine the shock of Avian Influenza (AI) in Ikorodu Local Government Area (LGA) of Lagos State, Nigeria. The assessment was done on 33 farms with the aid of structured questionnaire through a purposive and sampling technique followed by a snow ball method. Data were collected on the demographic characteristics, production, and market activity of the farms, to assess the outbreak effect of AI. Data were analyzed using descriptive and t-test statistics. Result revealed that the oldest farm in Ikorodu LGA was established about 17years. The farms had average of 8 years of establishment, 7 staff, and a farm size of 6884 birds. Of the entire farm size, layer was the main (48.48%) chicken type reared in the study area. There was no significant (p>0.05) change in prices of chick, grower mash, spent layer, point of cage, point of lay and eggs of different sizes before and after the announcement of AI, except for breeder mash which reduced (p<0.05) from N2343 to N2299 per bag.  The study concluded that the poultry farms in Ikorodu LGA were not affected by avian influenza as at the time of announcement. Poultry farmers were advised to uphold structural and operational biosecurity measures in high esteem.


Keywords


Poultry birds; Avian influenza, Ikorodu, Lagos

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