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Avian flu-free status to boost India's poultry exports

by 5m Editor
11 August 2006, at 11:45am

INDIA - India's poultry industry is eagerly waiting for the country to be declared avian flu free, possibly next week, to cash in on demand from overseas particularly the Middle East.

'We are looking to the opening up of the export market with the notification by the government that India is free of avian flu,' O.P. Singh, CEO of National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), told IANS from Pune.

'Most countries, particularly in the Middle East, are also waiting for the notification so that they can switch back to India for sourcing eggs,' he said in a telephonic interview.

Many countries prefer to import Indian eggs as they are of good quality besides costing around four times less than those from Europe. Till early this year India exported around six million eggs daily, including table and hatching varieties.

Source: Monsters and Critics

5m Editor