Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary ban on poultry products from India four weeks after the World Organization for Animal Health reported an avian influenza outbreak in the latter.
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) informed the Indian exporters of Saudi Arabia’s decision.
“The ministry of environment, water and agriculture of Saudi Arabia has decided to impose temporary ban on the import of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India due to the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza,” Apeda said in a statement dated January 2 (Monday).
It is a big blow to Indian exporters as Saudi Arabia is the second largest importer of poultry products from India. They also fear that other importing countries may follow suit.
Data compiled by Apeda showed a steady increase in India’s exports of poultry products from $92.53 million in 2013 -14 to $117.40 million in 2015-16. Exports of poultry products to Saudi Arabia have also moved up from $7.94 million in 2013-14 to $14.63 million in 2015-16.