Cameroon – Bird Flu: The poultry industry has lost about 10 billion CFA francs in one month

Written by Deckson N.

According to the Interprofession Agricole du Cameroun, presently, it is not possible to establish an exhaustive assessment while the country is still being hit hard by the epidemic.

François Djonou, President of the IAC suggests that at present, the poultry sector records 10 billion CFA francs for financial losses per month. The cause, he says, is the set of restrictive measures taken by the Government after the discovery of a new outbreak of bird flu in some regions of the country. These losses affect much the hatcheries, breeders and distributors. And the worst is that some are forced to cease operations.

The Mutations newspaper edition of June 21, 2016 states that “this new crisis comes mostly compromising the ambition of the industry to produce 50 million chickens in 2016. The measures taken by the Government to contain the spread of the disease concern for now that homes have been declared infected. These include Regions Central, West, South and Adamawa.

However the finding establishes that chicken does not circulate from one locality to another. Even the export of additional production to the countries of the Central Africa subregion (Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Sudan, among other destinations) is prohibited for several days.

We must indicate that in 2006, when the country experienced the outbreak of bird flu, the Government had provided substantial support to the sector amounting to 4 billion FCFA.

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