With exactly one week to Christmas, there are reports of shortage of chicken in on the market due to the outbreak of Bird Flu in some parts of the country.
The reason for the possible absence of meals served with chicken during the yuletide could be that first the issue of Bird Flu which rocked the country some months ago and led to the destruction of thousands of birds in the Greater Accra, Volta, Eastern and Ashanti regions has affected the population of birds on various farms for sale at this Christmas.
Also retailers of the product are hoping to cash in on a possible price hike of birds during the Christmas period; hence failure to stock the market with the limited birds left.
According to a Daily Graphic report sellers of birds are also complaining of slow pace of business and patronage of the product due to the Bird Flu scare and the general slow pace of the economy.
Avian influenza (AI), commonly called bird flu, is an infectious viral disease that affects birds.
Most avian influenza viruses do not infect humans. However, some, such as A(H5N1) and A(H7N9), have caused serious infections in people.
The majority of human cases of A (H5N1) and A (H7N9) infection have been associated with direct or indirect contact with infected live or dead poultry.
The outbreak started in Nigeria in 2014 and gradually spread to Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and then Ghana in May 2015.