Rwanda Bans Poultry Products from SA, Zimbabwe

Rwanda temporally banned importation of poultry products from South Africa and Zimbabwe, following an outbreak of avian influenza in the Southern African countries.

The banned products include chicken, eggs and chicken meat.

South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a farm in the Free State province last week.

The ban is likely to affect hotels and airlines, which are among the buyers of imported poultry products.

“The importation of chickens and poultry products (eggs and meat) from Southern African countries are temporally banned,” reads part of a statement signed by Minister Gerardine Mukeshimana of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The ministry urged farmers to be vigilant and put in more efforts in prevention of diseases, including separating birds from animals.

It also called on farmers to promote hygiene among breeders, farm workers and the materials used and stock required medicine, among other measures.

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