Accra Live Bird Market Still Trading Despite Avian Flu Ban

GHANA - Poultry vendors in the Central Business District of Accra, especially at the Makola market, are reportedly defying a ban on the sale and movement of live birds to prevent the spread of the avian influenza.
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The ban placed on the sale and movement of live birds came from the Veterinary Service Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), reported the Graphic Online.

A visit to a number of markets in Accra on Wednesday, saw poultry vendors briskly doing business despite the ban.

Broilers were being sold from 60.00 Ghanaian cedi (GH) to GH66.00, while old layers went for GH30.00 to GH55.00.

The poultry vendors who said they are aware of the ban however appealed to government to as a matter of urgency to control the bird flu.

Mohammed Atinyine, a poultry vendor told GNA that the situation demands that government takes urgent steps to save the poultry industry from collapsing. He said the poultry industry is their only source of livelihood and therefore, if it collapses, they would be rendered unemployed.

The President of the Poultry Association of Ghana, Oppong Adjei has said the decision by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to place a ban on the sale of live birds is a threat to the industry’s survival, reported GhanaWeb.

He added that such a decision will have dire consequences on their business across the board. “This will affect us in so many ways and we fear this might collapse the industry,” he said.

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