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South Africa's poultry industry is hurting as avian flu worsens

Staff Writer |
The outbreak of avian influenza in the Western Cape has led to the culling of more than 300,000 chickens in the past two months.

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According to industry experts, the number of culled chickens will not necessarily result in a shortage of poultry or an increase in the price in the short term, but it can have ramifications in the long term.

New cases were detected on a poultry farm in the Paardeberg region in the Western Cape. The province's department of agriculture reported on Monday that at least 30,000 chickens had died, while a further 110,000 have had to be culled, following the reports.

The national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said avian flu, which was first detected in Villiers in the Free State and Standerton in Mpumalanga, had already impacted on the industry.

“All the affected farms have been placed under quarantine,” the department said.

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