Bird flu has impact on food inflation

Chicken account for 14% of all food produced in South Africa.


The avian bird flu that has hit Mpumalanga since June 2017 will really have a negative impact on food prices if it is not managed properly.

That’s according to Wandile Sihlobo, head of research at the agri-business chamber.

The virus has now spread across the country, with Eastern Cape being recently confirmed and millions being lost by the poultry owners.

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It started in June in Mpumalanga and thousands and thousands of birds have since been culled by the government because of the flu.

“But it’s something that we will be watching closely over the coming months to see if it’s managed properly,” Sihlobo said

He said something will have to be done in order to reduce the impact the virus will have on food prices.

(edited by ZK)

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