Zimbabwe to cull half a million birds hit by avian fluStaff Writer | August 29, 2017
Zimbabwe is set to cull more than half a million chickens affected by the highly pathogenic strain H5N8 at a farm in Harare.
Africa Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services
Principal Director Livestock and Veterinary Services Dr Unesu Ushewokunze-Obatolu told a local paper that Lanark farm had between 500 000 and 600 000 birds, of which 70% has now been depopulated.
The culling of the birds will affect the whole chicken value chain, with poultry producers reporting a shortage of about two million day-old chicks.
Zimbabwe produced about six million day old chicks per month before the outbreak but is currently producing half of that. ■