Finally, a sigh of relief for poultry famers and traders as East African state Uganda has been declared free of bird flu. On January, there was a rampant epidemic of bird flu especially in the parts of of Wakiso and Masaka districts.
Neighbouring countries as Kenya and Tanzania had already banned the importation of the poultry products in the fear of the saga. This was only until the country was declared disease free.
On Aug.19, after months of surveillance the minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Christopher Kibazanga declared the country free.
Kibazanga who said they are in negotiations with neighbors to lift the ban added that all samples collected since March from both domestic and wild birds have been confirmed negative.
He explains, “The government of Kenya has now agreed to partially lift the trade ban through compartments. Some firms and industries have been certified and licensed to export to Kenya after fulfilling the conditions”.
The Ministry reports an estimated 50,000 domestic birds and 10,000 wild birds were lost due to bird flu.