Poultry farmers unimpressed with efforts of Agric Ministry to combat bird flu

The Ghana National Poultry Farmers’ Association has expressed their dissatisfaction with measures by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Veterinary Services Directorate to combat bird flu.

“If the measures are being effective, by now we would have contained the bird flu in Greater Accra, but it is still lingering,” Executive Secretary, John Torto told Joy News.

Ghana has experienced 36 outbreaks of bird flu within the Greater Accra region being the worst hit with 31 cases since May 2015.

Achimota and Tema were said to be the worst hit with birds from the two areas quarantined.

During the Christmas season, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce dispelled fears that the outbreak endangered consumption of Chicken .

The Chamber assured the general public that no infected bird would get to the market. The Chamber said measures were being put in place to combat the flu.

About a month after the assurance was given, the Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Poultry Association says he doesn’t see an end to the flu anytime soon.

“I am not sure we have seen any conclusive signs yet,” he stated.


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