The agricultural Ministries of Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire have lifted a more than four-year old ban on animal trade between their two countries enforced mainly due to an outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in Burkina Faso.
AI has not been detected in either country since the outbreak in 2006. According to officials, the health, sanitation, veterinary, bio-safety, and commercial measures undertaken by governments and the poultry industries reversed the spread of the disease.
The lifting of the ban would finally turn around the hardships inflicted on egg and chicken producers, buyers, sellers and consumers in both countries.
USAID’s Expanded Agric-business and Trade Promotion Project (E-ATP), Dr Ouedraogo noted that in all its regional activities, USAID had advocated for the poultry industry and public officials to closely work together, in order to resume trade in poultry products, particularly day-old-chicks and eggs-to-hatch, given that no HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) outbreak was reported in previously infected countries for the past two years.
He explained that USAID would continue to work so that similar bans were lifted between Ghana and Burkina Faso, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo, and ultimately all over West Africa.