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Dominican Merchants Protest Haitian Poultry Ban

poultryA large market in the Dominican Republic bordering Haiti was shut down by merchants on Monday in the wake of Haiti’s ban on egg imports and poultry. Haiti put the ban due to an outbreak of avian flu in the Dominican Republic. But local and international health experts point out that there is no avian flu in the country. Few recent deaths in the country were attributed to swine flu.

Importance of Haitian market for Dominican Republic’s Poultry industry.

The closure of Dajabon market in Dominican Republic is intended at pressurizing Haiti to lift the ban. Dominican Republic sells approximately 25 million eggs and 8 million chickens to Haiti every month.

A Haitian newspaper reported that a Haitian government official admitted that authorities in his country made a mistake while imposing the ban.