Ghana bans poultry imports from Burkina Faso
from MASAHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA, (CAJ News) – GHANA has banned the importation of poultry products from Burkina Faso as a result of a recent outbreak of Avian Influenza Bird Flu in that country.
Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture confirmed the ban in a statement.
“We do not intend to create panic in the country but wish to remind the general public of the total ban of importation of poultry and poultry products from Burkina Faso,” read a statement.
Avian Influenza popularly known as bird flu is reported to have killed 200 000 hens and 2 000 guinea fowls in Burkina Faso as at mid-April.
A standstill order and other necessary measures have been initiated in Burkina Faso since April 1.
Commenting on the ban, the Chairman of the Ghana Poultry Farmers Association, Kwadwo Asante, asked that the country’s bio-security system be checked to ensure that in case of an outbreak in the country, farmers and consumers were protected.
This is not the first time Ghana has issued an order banning the importation of poultry.
It earlier took a similar action following a recent upsurge of bird flu in Nigeria.
– CAJ News
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