In addition to the collateral damage, this amount represents losses recorded only to the poultry farm of Mvog Beti.
To believe experts, the return of the bird flu is a big threat to Cameroon. Some people are already even talking of crisis, when we might still be only in the introductory phase of this tragedy. Official sources report that 15,000 chickens over 33,000 that had the poultry farm Mvog Beti Yaounde were decimated by the disease. And as a precaution, the rest was simply incinerated.
The EcoMatin newspaper, on newsstands of Monday, May 30, 2016, proceeded to that effect to a quick calculation. About 33,000 chickens killed, the estimated cost of losses is about 66 billion FCFA, at 2 000 FCFA per chicken. Disturbing losses especially since Cameroon is a major producer of chicken. Moreover, according to the paper, the Interprofessional Poultry of Cameroon (Interprofession Avicole du Cameroun in French [IPAVIC]) estimated production in Cameroon to over 50 million broilers. The shortfall will be that, if these animals were affected by the scourge, the loses will be around 800 million FCFA per month.
This will, without a doubt, dive several players in this sector in real financial lethargy. Not not to mention the case of maize producers, excelling in marketing provender: “We won’t have customers again since the bird flu will stop the trade of poultry in Cameroon,” says a trader of feed. Something that will sure bring disorders in the course of consumption. Especially as chicken ranks high among the most consumed foods in Cameroon.