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The government of Ghana has imposed a temporary ban on the importation of poultry products from five European countries.

The ban which takes immediate effect will also affect the importation of day old chicks, hatching eggs, frozen chicken and poultry feed from these European countries.

This follows a confirmed outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza subtype H5N8 in the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

A statement from the Ministry of Agric reads  “Importers are to note that all permits that were issued for such consignment from the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Denmark, and the United Kingdom have been rendered invalid with immediate effect,” The Agric Ministry said

The Ministry said the action has been taken upon advice from the Veterinary Services Directorate.

Commercial production of poultry in Ghana can be categorized into large-scale (over 50,000 birds), medium-scale (10,000 – 50,000 birds) and small-scale (less than 10,000 birds) enterprises, according to an analysis report on the sector, carried out by the Dutch Government in 2019.

According to the Ghana Poultry Project (GPP) there are 29 large-scale commercial poultry farms currently in Ghana, and mostly found in the Ashanti region (13), Brong Ahafo (12), and Greater Accra region (4). These form about 20 percent of the total poultry sector, producing mainly eggs. Most operate their own feed-mills. Some maintain a hatchery and parent stock.