NGO Seeks Poultry Farmers’ Cooperation against `Newcastle

An NGO, the Agriprojects Concept International, on Wednesday called for the cooperation of poultry farmers towards eradicating Newcastle Disease in Nigeria.



Dr Yila Umaru, the Director of the organization, who said this in a statement in Abuja, noted that the disease could be eradicated through mass vaccination.



According to the statement, many local chickens die from the disease annually.



Umaru noted that the disease was endemic in Nigeria and that only commercial farmers had the means to vaccinate their chicken against it.



In response to the recurrence of the disease, the NGO boss said that the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau, had produced a thermotolerant vaccine against it.



According to him, the vaccine called ND-12, is user-friendly for the rural setting and does not require a complete cold chain to keep it potent.



Umaru recalled that in 2012, the NGO, with support from Propcom Mai-Karfi, developed a business model to make the vaccine available in the rural areas.

He said that the model involved the sale of vaccines in local communities through Village-Based Vaccinators (VBVs).



VBV is a group of community-based individuals already providing door-to-door veterinary services.

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