The Agriculture Ministry of Namibia recently suspended the importation of poultry products from countries affected by bird flu.
Included in the ban were Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Greece, Italy and the United States.
The Agriculture Ministry also urged the general public to report to the police or veterinary officials any suspicious cases of illegal importation of poultry products.
“The ban of poultry and poultry products was based on the occurrence of high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in some countries from which Namibia imports poultry and poultry products,” said Percy Misika, the permanent secretary in the ministry.
Namibia remains free from bird flu.
The in-transit products through Namibia to other African countries have also been affected by the ban.
“The importers are business people. As such, we expect mixed feelings from them as this affects their business operations. However, we appreciate the understanding and cooperation shown by the majority of importers during this time. Their patriotism is highly appreciated,” Misika said.