Search This Blog

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

South Africa : Ostrich farmers cautioned amid avian flu outbreak

Article from SABC News :

" The Ostrich Business Chamber has urged farmers to adhere to regulations regarding the transportation of ostriches and its products. The call follows the outbreak of the H5N2 avian flu virus in the Little Karoo.

At least 25 000 birds have had to be culled since the virus was detected in April this year. Head of the Chamber, Anton Kruger, says farmers can obtain a Red Cross permit to transport fertile eggs, new-born chicks, feathers and skins. Kruger further clarifies that the permits will be valid within the area for 30 days, noting that there will be a master permit that will also ease the burden of logistics.

"But in the same breath, producers must realise they have to put down their signature, indicating that they will comply with all the conditions set out for traceability for bio-security as well as when transporting any of the products, including the day-old ostrich chicks."

No comments:

Post a Comment