In order to avoid zoonotic diseases, the Oyo State government has recommended standard operating procedure (SOP) for Poultry Processing Farmers.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Oladunkanmi Olaleye, disclosed that the move was to sanitize poultry business in the state and ensure the safety of lives and properties of the citizenry.
He added that this will also eradicate zoonotic diseases and quackery in the poultry business and slaughterhouses.
While presenting the SOP to the Chairman, Association of Poultry Processors, Oyo State Charter, and his members today in his office, the Commissioner noted that 90 percent of human diseases were contracted from animals (Zoonotic), hence the Oyo state government has embarked on an aggressive campaign.
He further said the monitoring of the activities of slaughters and those in animal business has also begun, stressing consumption of healthy poultry products can not be negotiated.
The regulations, he elaborated, will cover all aspects of poultry processing, from procurement of chicken to slaughtering, as well as transportation and packaging.
The Commissioner hinted that all chicken plants and chicken slaughterhouses must have been accredited and licensed before the commencement of operations, according to section 5 sub-section 1 of the Oyo State Meat law.
He maintained that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will serve as a guideline for inspecting chicken processing plants with a focus on food safety, quality control, and veterinary regulatory compliance.
However, the commissioner urged the association to strictly adhere to the SOP, saying violators will face the wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Christianah Abioye said the move was not to put hardship on members of the association.
She stressed that this would equally help the government to ascertain their data, as this will grant them access to the government’s support.
On his own part, the Chairman, Association of Poultry Processors, Oyo State Chapter, Mr. Balogun Aboidun commended the Oyo State Government for its various efforts in eradicating zoonotic disease and support the poultry association has received so far.
He pledged the union’s readiness to support the present administration in the state to achieve its vision of boosting the agricultural sector in the state.