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Joint teams from Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Migration are redoubling inspections at the Ressano Garcia border post in response to the recent ban on poultry imports by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.
The National Veterinary Department has banned the import of live chicken, poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and all other poultry products from South Africa, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to protect the Mozambican poultry industry from an outbreak of HSN8 bird flu in those countries.
At the Ressano Garcia visitor post, where substantial quantities of imported goods from South Africa enter the country, joint Customs, Ministry of Agriculture and Migration teams have already incinerated seized chickens and eggs.
“We have already had 23 cases of birds, including live chickens, coming in from South Africa. We have incinerated them on site so that passers-by can see that this measure is really being enforced. There have already been seizures of eggs and other prohibited meat,” agricultural inspector Alfredo Jaime explained.
But authorities report that, in general, there have been few cases, either at the tourist or the freight frontier (better known as Kilometre Four) since the ban came into effect.
“At the moment we have no further cases of chicks, hatching eggs, or poultry meat entering,” Jaime said, while noting that there remained a lot of work to do disseminating information, especially to informal importers.Source: O País