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Huge relief as Kenya set to lift Uganda poultry ban

Kenya will in the next few weeks lift the ban on imports of poultry and poultry products from Uganda, Deputy Director of Veterinary Services Michael Cheruiyot announced yesterday.   

He said the intended lifting of the ban imposed in January last year follows successful implementation of measures agreed between the two countries. The ban was enforced following the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). 

He said Kenya is almost comfortable with implementation of the agreed conditions to ensure the flu is fully contained.

“Uganda government has managed to implement the conditions we agreed last year. Soon Kenya traders will start importing poultry and poultry products from Uganda,” said Cheruiyot at a Nairobi hotel.  

Even though he declined to state the actual date the ban will be lifted he said: “We have agreed with the Uganda chief veterinary officer to fast-track the details of the ban lift so that trade between the two countries can resume”.  

Measures agreed between the two countries and already implemented include continuous active surveillance by both governments, active surveillance by Uganda veterinary authority in the outbreak areas. And Uganda Competent Veterinary Authority have been licensing poultry enterprises and ensuring movement permits for day old chicks have been acquired.

Government officials have also undertaking ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection during, slaughter and any establishment interested in exporting day old chicks must obtain certification that the parent flock is free of  avian influenza.

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