The Kenya government is set to lift the ban on poultry products from Uganda – giving Uganda farmers a chance to access Kenya’s Sh500 million ($5m) market.

The 15-month ban had been slapped on Uganda following the outbreak of avian influenza. But now, the Deputy Director of Veterinary Services, Michael Cheruiyot, says an assessment has  ascertained that the Uganda  is now free of avian influenza disease.

Last year in August, the Ministry of Agriculture allowed three firms to export their products to Kenya having met the safety conditions that would allow them to sell their eggs and chickens locally.

“We have been in discussion with Uganda and agreed that we are going to lift the ban completely following eradication of the virus in Uganda,” said Dr Cheruiyot.

He said the two countries had agreed to fast track the process of lifting the ban so that trade can go back to normal.

The measures agreed between the two countries and already implemented include continuous active surveillance by both governments, active surveillance by Uganda veterinary authority in the outbreak areas.

Uganda’s Competent Veterinary Authority is now licensing poultry enterprises and ensuring movement permits for day old chicks have been acquired.

Government officials are also undertaking ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection during, slaughter and any establishment interested in exporting day old chicks must obtain certification that the parent flock is free of avian influenza.

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