Bird-flu Shuts Chinese Markets

China is experiencing its deadliest outbreak of the H7N9 bird-flu strain since it first appeared in humans in 2013, killing 79 people in January alone and spurring several cities to suspend live poultry trade.

The surge in fatalities has raised concerns that a severe outbreak looms, though health officials have said the worst has likely passed.

The government is urging people to avoid live poultry markets, where poor sanitation conditions can raise the risk of contamination.

Job Losses in SA Poultry Industry

About 6 000 workers in the poultry industry are at risk of losing their jobs as cheap chicken imports from the European Union, Brazil and the US continue flooding the South African markets.

On Tuesday, workers affiliated to the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) took to the streets in Pietermaritzburg and marched to the provincial legislature.

Already Rainbow Chicken, the second biggest poultry farms in South Africa, is to retrench 1 250 workers.

Gates Donates Chickens to Africa’s Poor

Bill Gates is launching his latest scheme to help sub-Saharan Africans living in extreme poverty: he’s giving them chickens.

Gates will donate 100 000 birds vaccinated against common diseases under a programme he said would boost incomes because chickens are inexpensive to care for, a good investment and help provide nutrition for children.

The Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist says on his Twitter feed that, “If I were living in extreme poverty, I’d want to raise chickens.”

Children’s Poultry Project Flourishes in Umzimvubu

If you’re never too old to follow your dreams, then you are never too young to get them underway. While some kids are out scraping their knees and playing in dirt, others are dutifully honing their project management and business skills, devising innovative ways to monetise on their ideas all on their own, without any grant from the government. A group of school children in Umzimvubu, Eastern Cape, are proving that long gone are the days when children entrepreneurs were confined to the business of selling sweets and lemonade.

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