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Kuwait lifts ban on Indian poultry

Gayathri G Chennai | Updated on January 23, 2018

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Kuwait has lifted the ban on import of eggs from India, according to the website of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda).

The ban was imposed in 2013 by the GCC countries and was lifted following reports by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) stating that India was free from the highly pathogenic Avian influenza.

Usually, the ban is lifted only three months after the OIE declares a country free from bird flu.

Namakkal accounts for nearly 95 per cent of egg exports from India. Egg exports, which stood at 288.12 lakh in 2013-14 fiscal, dropped to 175.55 lakh in 2014-15. For the current fiscal (till June), the number stands at 140.12 lakh, according to the data from National Egg Coordination Committee.

Trade sources said this does not make any big difference as exports to Kuwait are negligible and that, on an average, they used to ship only five containers (of 4.72 lakh eggs each) a month.

Published on October 29, 2015

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