African poultry group imports Dutch breeders
Last year, the Department of Animal Health in the
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.
Government banned importation of all poultry products
including dressed chickens, table eggs and breeding stock mainly due to the bird flu scare.
According to the reports, one firm has allegedly been breaking the import
ban by importing day old chick breeding stock However, the Poultry Industry
Association of Malawi (Piam), an umbrella organisation for poultry stakeholders
in the country, said that the legal importation of breeding stock poses no harm
to the public amid the poultry import ban to check bird flu.
â€œThe breeding stock was imported from the Netherlands
and was certified to be free of Avian
Influenza (Bird Flu)
by that country's
veterinary authorities," said Eric Chuma, Piam technical advisor. â€œFurthermore, the
health certificate which accompanied the breeding stock clearly states that the
Netherlands has been free of Bird Flu for at least the last twelve months
prior to shipment.â€
Director of animal health, Wilfred Lipita, said the government had not
necessarily placed a ban on the importation of breeding stock, but had only put
in place tough measures for their importation. Additionally, Charles Stewart Day
Old Chicks, the firm in question, is one of only two producers authorised to
import breeding stock and fertilised hatching eggs.
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