KENYA – Kenya is set to lift ban placed on Ugandan poultry products following a report submitted by Uganda to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on eradication of avian flu disease, reports Business Daily.

Kenya imposed the Ban in January 2017 following the outbreak of the disease.

Livestock Principal Secretary in Kenya, Harry Kimutai said that the embargo will be lifted once he receives a status report from OIE.

“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,” he said.

Currently, only three Ugandan firms; Hudani Manji Holdings, SR Afrochick and Kukuchic are allowed to export their poultry products to Kenya following a partial lift in August 2017.

Kenya spelt out tough conditions for Ugandan products only allowing products from designated firms to access the market.

Uganda had to ensure that chickens have been held in secured premises free from the disease for six weeks and there should have been no other outbreaks in the surrounding 10 kilometres for 30 days.

Hatching eggs had to originate from breeding flocks free of the disease and must have been present in a hatchery for six weeks before export at the time of the partial ban.

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

The traders say eggs from Uganda are arguably cheaper due to lower cost of cereals and less tax compared to Kenya’s which experiences high cost of production following the imposition of 16% value-added tax on poultry feeds in 2013.

The outbreak of the virulent H5 strain of avian flu in Uganda in January 2017 significantly crippled the poultry industry, which is driven by exports into the region.

Avian flu outbreak was detected in wild ducks on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria at Lutembe beach near Entebbe with the highly infectious disease known to affect many animals, including humans.