Good news for ostrich farmers

3CAPE TOWN – There is some good news for the Western Cape’s ostrich industry.

Agriculture officials have on Wednesday told Eyewitness News the recent outbreak of bird flu on an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn is not threatening and has little chance of spreading.

The sector’s been struggling under a European Union ban on ostrich meat exports for some time now following the initial outbreak two years ago.

Thousands of birds had to be culled at the time.

However, the Agriculture Department’s Wouter Kriel said they were pleased that would not happen again.

“The strain of avian influence which was detected in Oudtshoorn is a low pathogenic strain, that means the virus’ ability to spread is very low. It’s not dangerous and that’s good news for the ostrich industry.”

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