The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted a ban
on import of poultry products, including eggs, from
minister for environment and water Mohammed Saeed Al
Kindi issued a decree lifting the ban imposed on import
of live birds and poultry products from countries hit
by bird flu, including India, the official Emirates
news agency reported.
decision follows a clean chit issued by the Organisation
of Internationale Epidemia (OIE) or the World Organisation
for Animal Health, as a result of safety measures taken
by New Delhi to get bird flu under total control, the
ministry urged the department of animal resources of
the ministry to coordinate with all related bodies in
the country - like the National Emergency Committee
and the General Secretariat of UAE Municipalities -
to implement the decision.
UAE had imposed the ban in February 2006, following
reports of a break-out of avian flu in India. Other
Gulf countries like Muscat and Doha also had followed
the ban, but lifted it last year following an official
declaration from the World Organisation of Animal Health
on India''s poultry disease free-status, sources said.
weeks ago, India''s commerce and industry minister Kamal
Nath had requested the UAE''s minister of economy Shaikha
Lubna Al Qasimi to lift the ban, at a meeting in New
imports about 10 lakh eggs per day and out of this,
about 35 per cent was from Namakkal in Tamil Nadu, India''s
poultry hub. After the ban, UAE was importing eggs from
Europe at costs far higher, sources said.