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Bird Flu: NIAS, Others Issue Minimum Operating Standards To Curb Its Spread

Posted: Sep 18, 2015 at 12:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By  Chibuzor Emejor,


Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) in collaboration with the Federal Department of Animal Production and Husbandry Services has produced and distributed Minimum Operating Standards (MOS) aimed at curbing further spread of bird flu in Nigeria.

Speaking at the 7th Annual General Meeting and Induction Ceremony of the Institute at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, the President of NIAS, Professor Israel Adu, said about 10,000 copies of the MOS were produced and distributed widely to stakeholders in feed mill and poultry industry.

He said with the amendment of the Animal Science Act, the Institute has been given enforcement powers and clearly defined regulatory roles.

Meanwhile, the President of Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN), Taiwo Adeoye, has advised Nigerian government to build a large, strong diversified, sustainable and competitive economy that guarantees high standard of living and quality of life for the people through efficient production of food to address the problem of hunger in the country.

He also pointed out that one of the ways to achieve hunger free Nigeria was through the provision of a deliberate conducive atmosphere to encourage Animal Scientists to increase animal protein production to meet the daily protein intake as recommended by Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

He also called on relevant government agencies to sustain the ban on smuggled frozen poultry products while urging the state governments to create separate Department of Animal production and Husbandry Services for effective policy dissemination and implementation.

Addressing the newly inducted members of NIAS, Adu said with the challenge of global warming, burgeoning middle class, land pressure, increased awareness about food safety and a growing population, it is no longer business as usual for the Animal Scientists in Nigeria.