Suspension of poultry imports from South Africa to Namibia lifted

The Directorate of Veterinary Services has resumed the import of poultry meat from South Africa to Namibia, following the suspension of poultry products between the two countries in 2023.

Chief Veterinary Officer Albertina Shilongo said: “As directed by the South African Veterinary Authority, the importation of poultry meat into Namibia will be permitted.”

The import of live birds, poultry and poultry products was suspended last year due to an increase in highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

The temporary suspension was implemented with the aim of strengthening control measures to prevent a possible introduction of HPAI into Namibia through poultry and poultry products.

Jona Musheko, spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, mentioned in a side note that South Africa is still battling bird flu.

“We have taken measures and we have all agreed to import only from the indicated compartments (poultry from biosecure poultry farms),” he said.