The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (Livestock), Dr Hanna Louisa Bisiw has cautioned live bird sellers to be careful when transporting the birds from poultry farms to marketing centres, to avoid the spread of diseases.
Dr Bisiw said they should also obtain the necessary movement permits from the Veterinary Services.
The deputy minister made the c all call in a speech read on her behalf at the inauguration of a nine-member national executive of the Live Bird Sellers Association.
She further admonished members of the association to ensure proper hygiene at the markets, suggesting that they should devote a day for cleaning and disinfecting their cages and points of slaughter.
Dr Bisiw proposed to their leadership to establish a forum for poultry farmers, live bird and egg sellers to discuss common matters affecting them in terms of cost of production, and cost of trade in the poultry value chain.
She said MOFA was happy to have them as partners in the development of the nation, because they played an important role in the economy.
The National Chairman of the association, Mr Daniel Apana appealed to the government to provide them with water, electricity cages and dressing machines to enable them to deliver clean and hygienic birds to the public.
In addition, it should curb the importation of cheap poultry products, which was adversely affecting their businesses.