|August 12, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: Mozambican poultry farmers are turning
to their European counterparts for help. Now that produce imports
from South Africa have been banned due to influenza fears farmers
and importers of chicks and eggs for breading need a new source for
these goods and Europe looks like the best option.
The ban on South Africa was imposed this week following an outbreak
of bird flu in the Eastern Cape. South Africa's ostrich business
has been hit by the H5N2 strain, which is different from the H5N1
strain that killed 24 people and millions of chickens when it swept
through Asia earlier this year. It is not said to be dangerous for
According to a report in Mozambican daily Noticias, South Africa
and Swaziland have been the main suppliers of chicken products and
feed to southern Mozambique, and the resort to the European market,
until the situation is back to normal, will not fully prevent losses
to Mozambican businesses.
Meanwhile, the South African authorities are still trying to identify
the origin of the disease, and have put under quarantine 15 ostrich
farms in the area of Middleton, in the Cape, where the disease was
first detected. The disease has already killed about 6,000 ostriches
since it was detected, two weeks ago.