NewsWest AfricaGhana mulls Nigerian poultry ban

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Posted on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:13

Ghana mulls Nigerian poultry ban

By Dasmani Laary

Photo©ReutersGhana is considering a temporal ban of Nigerian poultry products from following reports of rising cases of avian flu in the neighbouring country.

 

The suspected outbreak has reportedly spread from at least two Nigerian states to about seven. Nigeria has 36 states.

We will meet to ensure that any form of trade in terms of poultry, eggs or anything that relates to poultry is banned 

More than 140,000 birds have reportedly been exposed, with over 22,000 having already died as a result of the contagious disease.

Ghana's Food and Agriculture ministry officials are scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss the possible ban until the Organisation for Animal Health clears Nigeria of the disease.

"We will meet to ensure that any form of trade in terms of poultry, eggs or anything that relates to poultry is banned for the time being until the situation in Nigeria is put under control," said Hannah Bissiw, a government official.

Ghana says it is putting in place a host of preventive measures to guard the country's many unmanned borders to prevent the spread of the disease.

Apart from Nigeria that has placed a ban on the importation of poultry products, restriction on poultry products across the continent has mainly been to curtail the spread of diseases rather than to protect local industries.

Ghana produced 80 percent of its poultry consumption as of 1993, but the figure has drastically dropped to a paltry 10 percent in recent years.

In 2013, the West African country spent $270 million on the importation of poultry products.

It is not clear how the ban on poultry products from Nigeria, if sanctioned, would affect local supplies.



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