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04.05.2007 General News

No bird flu here – Afariwaa Farms


Management of Afariwaa Farms, major suppliers of day-old chicks in West Africa, has given assurance that the discovery of the case of bird flu in the Tema area was not detected on their farm.

In a release signed by Nana Owusu-Afari, Chairman and CEO of Afariwaa Farms, said they had not kept any bird on their site at the Tema area for the last four years.

The statement said since the announcement of the discovery of the case of bird flu, they had been receiving numerous phone calls from their customers in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Benin to confirm if it was on their farm.

"We wish to assure all our customers that we have not kept any bird on our site at Tema in the last four years,” it stressed.

It said their farmlands in Tema had been re-zoned into residential lands for Community 21 and Community 22 by the Tema Development Corporation.

“International schools and residential houses now occupy our lands in Tema. Our poultry breeding is now at a farm on the Nsawam-Suhum road. Our day old chicks come from hatching eggs produced by the breeder at this farm," it said.

Afariwaa Farms said when the avian flu scare erupted last year their Management took the necessary steps to educate their farmhands on the disease.

It, therefore, urged all customers to go by the directives given by the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr Ernest Debrah in order to ward off or contain any possible outbreak of the disease anywhere in the country.

"We wish to emphasise once again that the day-old-chicks from Afariwaa are very healthy and free from any avian flu”, the statement said.

Source: GNA