Executive members of the Grenada association of poultry producers are encouraging their members to take proactive measures to protect their farms from bird flu.
Grenada is on high alert due to an outbreak of the avian influenza in some countries around the world.
The warning comes as officials from the ministry of health and agriculture announced that neighbouring territories are reporting an outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza or bird flu.
President of the Grenada Association of Poultry producers Kim Mahadeo is advising Poultry farmers to take proactive guidelines to protect their chickens from bird flu. She said while there is no official report of the flu on island, it is always important to take proactive precautions.
The Ministry of Health is encouraging farmers to increase vigilance for unexplained deaths of wild birds and poultry.
Miss Mahadeo says that while her organization is highly concerned about the outbreak she is appealing to poultry farmers to stay calm and listen to the relevant authorities for credible updates on the issue.
Avian Influenza is transmitted by wild migratory birds moving from cold climates into warmer regions.
The Veterinary and Livestock Division of the Ministry of agriculture reminds businesses and individuals that permission must be granted for the importation of live animals, any meat, and meat products. This warning is also effective for visitors and returning nationals entering the country with meat and meat products.