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Avian influenza affects 2.8 million birds in Iraq

Denmark has first avian flu case in 3 years, while France and Taiwan report new avian flu cases
Within the last few days, reports have been received by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Iraq, France and Taiwan, and the low-pathogenic form of the disease in Denmark. Officials are warning of further outbreaks in Ghana.
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Chicken producer Al Watania trains Saudi Arabia poultry producers

Al Watania's Institute of Technology (WIT) was granted an investment to train the country’s nationals in poultry production.
Poultry producer Al Watania's Institute of Technology (WIT) was granted an investment of more than 50 million Saudi Arabian riyal (US$13 million) to train the country’s nationals in poultry production, with plans to extend this opportunity to other interested students.
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Avian influenza hits flocks in Middle East, Italy

Italy, Iraq and Lebanon have reported their first outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry
During the past two weeks, since an April 19 report on avian influenza, the veterinary authorities of three countries have reported their first outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE): Iraq, Lebanon and Italy.
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Al Rawdah invests in Abu Dhabi poultry farm

Poultry processor Al Rawdah has started construction of a breeding unit and hatchery in Abu Dhabi to reduce its reliance on imported hatching eggs
Al Rawdah, also known as Emirates Modern Poultry Co, has announced an investment of AED120 million (US32.7 million) in a new poultry farm in the Liwa area of Abu Dhabi, reports Arabian Business.
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BRF acquiring frozen food distributor in Oman

BRF had previously owned 40 percent of company’s financial interests
Brazilian meat, poultry and food company BRF is continuing to add to its recent string of acquisitions, as the company on April 25 announced that has signed an agreement to acquire all of Al Khan Foodstuff LLC, (AKF), a frozen food distributor located in Oman.
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Poultry sector in Iraqi Kurdistan in decline

A ban on its products by the authorities in Baghdad has hit poultry farmers in Erbil hard
Sales of poultry have suffered in both value and volume in Erbil, the majority Kurdish governorate in northern Iraq, since Baghdad imposed a ban on the import of its poultry products to the central and south of the country earlier in 2016.
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Avian flu returns to Mexico and Myanmar

Mexico, Myanmar, Vietnam, Taiwan, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt have all reported new outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry, while there have been recent cases in people in China and Egypt
Nineteen outbreaks of H7N3 avian influenza in Mexico have been reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) between January and March in the states of Jalisco, Puebla and Veracruz.
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