Poultry smuggling poses high risk of bird flu
from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), warn of risks in the
spread of the deadly avian influenza, resulting from bird smugglers rather than
and representatives agree that only warranted products which are free of bird flu , be exported legitimately.
Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) executive
manager, Mathews Ngosa, stated that there had been panic reactions by
authorities regarding bird flu, causing unnecessary disruption in trade.
"As member countries, we agreed to establish
compartments in accordance with international standards and allow imports from
approved producers," said Ngosa. "SADC
governments should increase surveillance to
satisfy importing countries."
Delegates agreed that the SADC needs to establish
a common policy for monitoring flocks as well as implement an information centre
providing a platform for the exchange of information within the poultry
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