Via the Daily Post: Bird flu: 130 poultry farmers in Plateau cry out over non-payment of compensation. Deadbeat governments are a common factor in the persistence of avian flu outbreaks. Excerpt:
Poultry farmers in Plateau State on Wednesday cried out over the non-payment of compensation, more than one year after the destruction of their birds following the resurgence of avian influenza.
This was disclosed by the State Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Mr John Dasar, in a chat with journalists in Jos. He said 130 affected farmers were yet to be compensated.
“Of the affected farmers, 64 were hit in 2016, while the remaining 66 were those affected since 2015,” he explained.
Dasar said the situation has affected the economy of the state with egg supply gradually going down while many of the affected farmers were already out of business.
”The non-compensation has indeed hurt many farmers; we have made frantic effort as an association and met with Minister of Agriculture, who promised to pay immediately the 2016 budget is signed, but there is nothing yet.
According to him, ”The Poultry industry alone contributes more than N1.6 trillion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of this country; neglecting it is a disaster.
”Again, considering the value chain involved in poultry business, this agriculture sub-sector remains one of the major employers of labour in Nigeria.
”For this huge number of farmers to be out of business for this long period and government has not done anything to ameliorate their lose, poses a serious danger to the economy,” he observed.
“You can make your checks; a large number of farms are closed down and thousands of youths, who hitherto were engaged as farm attendants, are now on the streets,” he lamented.
He further explained that the taxes that would have accrued to government coffers had gone down the drain as most farmers were now idle.