Cambodia reports bird flu outbreak

The first outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this year has been reported in the north-west of the country.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 1 August to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes a single outbreak of HPAI at Doun Moul in the region of Banteay Meanchey in the north-west of Cambodia. The outbreak started on 21 July and affected a backyard flock of 580 ducks and chickens. Of these, 100 died and the rest have been destroyed.

The presence of the H5N1 sub-type of the HPAI virus has been confirmed.

The last outbreak of HPAI in the country was in October last year.

Source: The Poultry site

Meat price rise

Meat prices on Phnom Penh’s markets have seen large gains over the first half of the year, according to figures from the Ministry of Commerce’s Trade Promotion Department.

Local vendors say the price increase comes due to a decrease in imports, forcing purchases of domestically produced animals.

“We started to see price increases back in September last year,” Central Market pork vendor Nary Chey said yesterday.

“I used to pay 17,000 riel (US$4.14) per kg [for my supply], but currently I pay 22,000 riel. It’s harder to sell because of the increases; I only sell 40 kilogrammes each day now, when before I sold 70 kilogrammes.”  Read more of this post

Cambodia bans imports of chicken products from Thailand

Cambodia’s ministry of commerce on Tuesday prohibited imports of chicken products from Thailand.

“The ministry of commerce instructs all levels of authorities along the border between Cambodia and Thailand to prevent all imports of chicken products from Thailand even though the products have had phyto-sanitary certificate in order to protect our people health,” said a directive signed by the minister of commerce Cham Prasidh. “The ban will take effect from the signing date until there is new directive.” Read more of this post