Government funding for Avian Influenza research is ‘positive step’, NFU says

20 June 2022

Headshot of NFU poultry board chair James Mottershead with trees in the background

The NFU has welcomed the news that the government is funding research into Avian Influenza (AI).

NFU poultry board chair James Mottershead said: “After the largest AI outbreak the UK has ever seen this year, it’s good to see the government taking a positive step to help the industry tackle the disease in the future.

“AI has been devastating for so many poultry farmers across the country, causing great distress emotionally, mentally and financially for farming families. We want to work with the government to minimise the impacts of any future AI outbreaks so we do not experience another year like this one.

“There’s still a lot we don’t know about AI. Hopefully this research can help us understand more about the disease and how we can prevent it, and ultimately put bird keepers in a better position to protect their flocks.”  

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Eight scientific organisations have been tasked with finding new ways to contain bird flu outbreaks, headed by the research team at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

It has received £1.5 million from the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and has been tasked with developing new strategies to tackle future bird flu outbreaks.

Visit to find out more about the research project.