Government has until further notice suspended the importation of poultry and poultry products from China, United Kingdom and 10 other countries including the Netherlands which was the first to suffer the ban on November 5, 2020.
The ban is in response to the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) which first broke out in the Netherlands and later spread to other parts of the world.
According to the statement issued by Dr Anna Rose Ademun, the Commissioner Animal Health/ Chief Veterinary Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), the Ministry has received further information that a number of other countries worldwide have been affected by the HPAI, hence the imposition of the ban.
Other countries that have faced the ban include; South Africa, Russia, Denmark, Israel and Germany.
“To protect the poultry industry of the country, the Ministry has banned with immediate effect the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the following countries; the Netherlands, Israel, Afghanistan, Korea Republic, China, South Africa, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom and Poland until further notice,” she said.
“All import permits that were previously issued by this office for poultry and poultry products before the notification of the outbreak and have not arrived into the country have all been cancelled and recalled with immediate effect,” she added.
HPAI is a trans boundary animal disease that affects both domestic and wild birds with a devastating effect on the poultry industry.