Poultry production is highly developed in Burkina Faso and is the source of livelihood for many small-scale farmers. Today, this sector is one of the most dynamic in Burkina Faso, reflected by the interest and contribution of public authorities and development partners. The partnership between SOBUPRA and 2SCALE is part of this effort and aims to contribute to the development of the production and availability of local poultry meat through the production of local and improved chicks. It also aims to improve the marketing of poultry from the farms by creating a network of customers, processors and distributors. However, the poultry sector is facing serious challenges, stalling its continued development. One of the main causes identified for this is the presence of the highly pathogenic avian flu virus. After the 2006 and 2015 outbreaks, since November 2021, there has been a resurgence of the bird flu disease in several regions of Burkina Faso, with several outbreaks recorded. In view of the high mortality rate of poultry caused by this pandemic, the actors involved in the poultry partnership in the locality of Pô, which has been severely affected by the disease, are becoming more resilient. One of their objectives is to save the poultry partnership and ensure that it has a bright future.
More than 5,100 chicken deaths recorded among partnership producers
Characterized by an accelerated rate of contagion, the presence of the avian flu virus has led to a high rate of poultry mortality within the poultry partnership. In the opinion of Mr. Daniel Banhoro, principal coach at ASUDEC (Africa's Sustainable Development Council), SAE of 2SCALE (entrepreneurial support service) in the Pô area, it is estimated that more than 5,000 head of chickens have died in the Pô PEA due to the presence of this virus. It should be noted that this figure concerns exclusively local chicken varieties and does not take into account other breeds. However, official statistics show that 450,000 heads of poultry have been lost in the commune of Pô, all varieties included. Mrs. Fati ZONGO, a poultry farmer in Pô, explains:
It is with desolation and powerlessness that I saw my farm being emptied of its subjects. I recorded the death of 572 poultry including 49 guinea fowls. A tragedy that has strongly affected my income.