We’re taking stringent measures to stop bird flu in Ghana – Agric Minister

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The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Akoto Afriyie, has guaranteed that the public authority is taking tough measures to contain the spread of the H5N1 avian infection, otherwise called Bird Flu.

He said seasonal influenza, what broke out in July, has so far influenced almost 110,000 birds.

The Veterinary Services Directorate distinguished this season’s virus in the Greater Accra, Central, Ashanti, Western North, and Volta Regions.

Talking at a question and answer session coordinated by the Information Ministry, Dr. Afriyie Akoto said the Veterinary Services Department was giving a valiant effort to deal with the circumstance

The veterinary administrations, despite the fact that with insufficient staff, are doing all that could be within reach to contain the illness and ensure that it doesn’t spread any further.

The Minister additionally indicated an earnest solicitation to Cabinet to remunerate influenced poultry ranchers.

“Ranchers are searching for pay, and we are doing an extremely pressing solicitation to Cabinet to meet that necessity,” Dr. Afriyie Akoto said.

The Greater Accra Poultry Farmers Association as of late communicated good faith that calls for remuneration will be met.

Poultry ranchers have shown that the business is probably going to record its severest shock in years.

The episode of the sickness followed the location of comparable cases in adjoining nations since January 2021.

Instances of the Bird Flu illness were recently recorded in Ghana in 2007, 2015, 2016, and 2018.

Following the new episode, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture reported an all out restriction on the importation of poultry and poultry items from adjoining nations where the commonness of the illness has been affirmed.

A restriction on the development of poultry and poultry items inside and from the influenced areas and locale to different pieces of the nation, and severe investigation and issuance of licenses to cover the development of all poultry and poultry items from unaffected pieces of the nation, has likewise been set up.