Namibia has implemented a temporary cessation of live poultry, avian, and poultry-related imports from South Africa in response to the escalating prevalence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) within its neighboring nation.
The suspension will continue to be enforced until further updates or directives are issued. This decision has been communicated through an official statement by the Ministry of Agriculture, which was made public on Wednesday.
South Africa is currently grappling with a significant outbreak of avian influenza, a situation characterized by a notable loss of poultry. In a recent announcement, poultry producer Quantum Foods (QFHJ.J) revealed that this outbreak had resulted in the unfortunate demise of approximately 2 million chickens.
Another prominent South African poultry producer, Astral Foods (ARLJ.J), has quantified the financial implications of this outbreak. According to their assessment, the total cost linked to the outbreak stands at approximately 220 million rand, equivalent to $11.5 million.
Namibia’s monthly chicken consumption is estimated at around 2,500 tons, with a heavy reliance on imports, primarily sourced from South Africa.