Oman's ministry of agriculture and fisheries has lifted an import ban on poultry from India put in place due to bird flu concerns, according to reports.

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In March, the World Organisation for Animal Health confirmed reports of the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the districts of Odisha, Tripura and Meghalaya, India. India's veterinary authorities have since determined that there is no longer any risk from poultry imports. The ban's lift comes at an opportune time, according to traders. "Stocks will be readily available as demand in the Indian market is down these days because of Hindu festivals," said Prashant Desai, commercial manager of Al Hamadi Trading & Contracting. "Within ten days we hope to have Indian poultry products in the Omani market."