Ninety per cent of illegal poultry imports had been prevented over the last 10 days, however, stricter measures were needed to control the transmission of bird flu, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan yesterday.
He said there was a high risk of fresh bird flu outbreaks so control of illegal poultry imports was the most effective solution to stop the disease from spreading.
Bird flu outbreaks have so far been reported in the provinces of Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Hai Phong, Nam Dinh and Ninh Binh, with more than 140,000 chickens, ducks and other birds affected due to ineffective management of poultry transportation in border provinces.
About 100,000 birds are illegally imported into Viet Nam every week via border provinces.
According to the Animal Health Department, it was likely there would be scattered outbreaks of the disease in some localities in northern provinces in the near future.
Tan asked localities and agencies to strengthen inspections and control of poultry imports to Viet Nam to prevent bird flu.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has reported that ninety per cent of egg farms in HCM City are sub-standard.
The ministry said that the farms contravened a new ministry regulation, Circular No 34, dealing with sanitation.
The circular, which will take effect from September 3, regulates that all registered egg businesses must be isolated from residential zones. It also details requirements for storage facilities, waste treatment, labour hygiene and sanitation.
According to Phan Xuan Thao, director of the city office of Animal Health, only five out of 77 egg farms in HCM City met all the requirements.