Ugandan traders affected by Kenyan poultry ban

Ugandan traders affected by Kenyan poultry ban. Photo: African Media..

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Ugandan traders are said to have been affected by Kenyan government’s decision to ban poultry imports, adding that the move by the ministry of agriculture almost pushed them out of business in 2017.

The Kenyan government had only allowed three poultry companies from Uganda to trade eggs after reports of a deadly avian influenza disease in Uganda.

Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is a disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses. These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.

Currently, only Hudani Manji Holdings, SR Afrochick and Kukuchick export eggs to Kenya after the ban was partially lifted last year.

However, Kenyan Livestock Principal Secretary, Harry Kimutai, has confirmed the government plans to receive more egg imports from Ugandan traders following their report submitted to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on whether the disease is completely eradicated.

“Uganda has submitted the report to OIE and we are waiting for the same, we are going to lift the ban on poultry exports from Uganda as soon as we get it,” said Kimutai.

According to media reports, the ban was supposed to be lifted last year but the Kenyan authorities did not receive the status report on the disease in Uganda.

This comes at a time when traders have been complaining of an increase in imported eggs from Uganda that has resulted in low prices due to a market glut.

Eggs from Uganda are arguably cheaper due to lower cost of cereals and less tax. The cost of production in Kenya went up following the imposition of 16 per cent value-added tax on poultry feeds in 2013.

Kenya is a major importer of poultry products from Uganda, which took in at least 33,700 kilogrammes of poultry meat worth Sh7 million imported from Uganda last year.

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