Renewed avian flu outbreak on poultry farm in Harare
THE UN’s FOOD and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says current outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the DRC will impede trade opportunities and negate efforts to drum up food security in the region as two new cases were reported in Mpumalanga and Harare last week.
Representatives from affected countries and experts from FAO are meeting in Johannesburg to find ways to eradicate the spread of the bird flu that has hit large poultry operations in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
“The recent outbreaks of bird flu are threatening the livelihood and food security status of millions of families in the region,” FAO said last week.
Josphat Nyika, the acting veterinary services principal director in Zimbabwe, said Lanark Farm, a poultry producer in the capital Harare, had been affected by avian influenza, although all affected birds had been destroyed.