After reaching the conclusion that India is free of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza, government officials in Kuwait have lifted the country’s ban on Indian poultry, India’s Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) announced.

APEDA in late October was informed by the Public Authority of Agriculture Affiars and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) that Kuwait will open up the import of live birds, hatching eggs and day-old layer and broiler chicks from India.

PAAAFR further stated that all Indian poultry shipments will be subjected to health procedures issued by the PAAAFR’s Animal Health Department, in accordance with the requirements of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

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The lifting of the ban on poultry from India is effective immediately, according to Faisal Saoud Al-Hassawi, chairman and director general of PAAAFR.

The ban had been in place since 2013, according to a report from The Hindu Business Line.

To learn more about avian influenza and its impact on the global poultry industry, see WATTAgNet’s avian influenza update page.