Cabinet Has Approved GHC43.9 Million To Deal With Bird Flu – Agric Minister

The Hon Minister for food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afiriyie Akoto has today told Parliament that, his Ministry has received approval of an amount of GHC43.9 Million to deal with bird flu disease in the country.

The Minister explained that, the fight against the bird flu has really been challenging due to the limited budget and inadequate poultry professionals in his ministry.

He said, the approval of 43.9 million Ghana Cedis is going to help the Ministry to recruit 1,100 veterinary officers to help the Ministry in the fight against the disease for the next three years, that is between the years 2021, 2022, and 2023, and use part of the money to pay for compensation to poultry farmers whose birds were affected and killed either by the disease or the ministry to prevent further spread of the disease.

Dr Afiriyie Akoto indicated that, currently, Nine regions out of the sixteen have been affected with the bird flu disease.

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