Concerns over bird flu (avian influenza) have prompted Nigeria’s Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture to ban the importation of eggs into the state.
The Poultry Product Dealers Association (PPDA) said in a statement “Rivers State cannot be made a dumping ground from poultry products that may have been infected by the bird flu virus elsewhere.”
The PPDA in association with the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Health have warned that those who illegally import poultry birds and eggs will be prosecuted.
Also as part of the precautionary measures, all poultry farmers have to register their poultry, birdhouses with the PPDA. Failure to do so could result in legal action.