Re­newed avian flu out­break on poul­try farm in Harare

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES - Tawanda Karombo

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.

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