Kenya set to lift 2-year ban on Ugandan poultry after getting green light from the World Organisation for Animal Health

Kenya set to lift 2-year ban on Ugandan poultry after country gets green light from the World Organisation for Animal Health
  • In January 2017, Kenya imposed the trade embargo following an outbreak of Avian flu which was first detected in wild ducks on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria at Lutembe beach near Entebbe in Masaka and Wakiso districts.
  • Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimutai says Uganda has submitted the report on eradication of the disease to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
  • The ban would have been lifted last November but Kenya said it did not get the status report on the disease in Uganda.

Kenya is ready to lift the ban on poultry from Uganda after the deadly bird flu in Uganda has been controlled.

Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimutai says Uganda has submitted the report on eradication of the disease to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

“Uganda has submitted the report to OIE and we are waiting for the same, we are going to lift the ban on poultry exports from Uganda as soon as we get it,” he said.

In January 2017, Kenya imposed the trade embargo following an outbreak of Avian flu which was first detected in wild ducks on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria at Lutembe beach near Entebbe in Masaka and Wakiso districts.

Avian flu is a highly infectious disease that affects many animals, including humans, rats, mice and dogs.

The ban would have been lifted last November but Kenya said it did not get the status report on the disease in Uganda.

Currently, only three Ugandan firms are allowed to export their poultry products to Kenya following a partial lift in August 2017. They are Hudani Manji Holdings, SR Afrochick and Kukuchic.

At the time, Kenya spelt out tough conditions including that chickens be held in secured premises free from the disease for at least six weeks; there should have been no other outbreak in the surrounding 10 kilometres radius for 30 days; hatching eggs originate from breeding flocks free of the disease and must have been present in a hatchery for at least six weeks before export.

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