May 18, 2021


Namibia bans poultry imports from South Africa due to bird flu


Nambia's Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has banned all imports of South African poultry and poultry products following reports of bird flu outbreaks, Reuters reported.


Namibia suspended imports from one South African commercial egg producer last month after 300 birds died there from the highly contagious H5 strain of bird flu. The ban was extended to all farms in South Africa after eight more farms were confirmed to have bird flu.


A statement from the ministry said any poultry product consignments on or after March 19 will not be permitted to enter Namibia. But poultry and poultry product imports in transit through South Africa from countries not affected by bird flu will be permitted.


Botswana also banned imports of South African domesticated and wild birds due to bird flu.


Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe banned poultry imports from South Africa back in 2017 when South Africa reported an outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in the country.


- Reuters

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