Cameroon: Poultry ban hurting farmers

| June 6, 2016

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Gabon and Equatorial Guinea have imposed a ban on birds from Cameroon because of the resurgence of avian influenza in that country, and poultry farmers in Cameroon say the ban is affecting their business.

The outbreak has infected birds in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital. At least 40,000 chickens have been culled since May 22 in an attempt to stop the outbreak. It is unclear if the virus has spread to other regions.

Large numbers of live chickens and other birds are now stockpiled at Cameroon’s southern border town of Kiossi.

Elizabeth Medoung is a poultry farmer whose trade with Gabon and Equatorial Guinea is affected. She says, “The government is behind this problem. It claims that the disease is killing every bird.” She added that the government has not communicated clearly whether the disease has spread to all regions of the country.

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