Poultry industry worth K812m

National

By HELEN TARAWA
THE poultry industry in Papua New Guinea is worth K812 million to the economy, with more than 50 per cent of that contributed by the 65,000 small-to-medium enterprise chicken farmers, an official says.
Papua New Guinea Poultry Industry Association secretary Dr Keith Galgal, commenting on the poultry import ban, told The National that because of that, they were against the importing of poultry products from Fiji.
“We strongly oppose the import of chicken, meat and eggs from Fiji,” he said.
“We know that Fiji has a history of Avian diseases namely Mycoplasma Synoviae, Mycoplasma Gallisepticum and the infectious Bursal disease – based on World Animal Health Information system.
“It will be very high risk to PNG’s poultry industry and for the same biosecurity concerns expressed by the Fijian government resulting in the banning of PNG products into Fiji.”
Galgal said the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock had earlier this year gazetted that any company or individual wanting to import fresh poultry products from any country in the world or region must first comply with the established biosecurity protocols which are equivalent to New Zealand standards.
He said the protocol clearly stated that the country of origin must be free from the above-mentioned diseases because of the health of consumers.
“If Fiji cannot export fresh chicken and eggs to New Zealand, why should PNG accept Fiji chicken and eggs?” Galgal said.

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