Ghana places bans on import of day-old chicks

Ghana places bans on import of day-old chicks

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has banned the importation of day old chicks, eggs and other poultry products from Ghana’s neigbours.

The move forms  part of the ministry's efforts to strengthen surveillance to check the possible cross-border transmission of avian influenza from neighbouring countries into Ghana, according to a report by the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

The Deputy Minister in charge of the livestock, Dr Hannah Bisiw, said on Wednesday said the decision follows increased commercial activities at the border towns, particularly of Cote d’ Ivoire and Burkina Faso.

Dr Bisiw said as part of the goverment's effort to combat the disease, it has provided 120 motor bicycles kits and other chemicals to the veterinary officers to aid surveillance and protect birds.

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