Chicken from Sri Lanka free to enter UAE
The blanket ban by UAE had covered Asian countries including Sri Lanka with regard to export of chicken meat and eggs due to Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI).
The breakthrough of ban being lifted follows Sri Lanka making a presentation to the Animal and Agricultural Affairs of the UAE Ministry of Water and Environment to lift the ban as Sri Lanka is now free on Avian Influenza and Sri Lankan companies wish to export chicken and eggs to the UAE market.
The Department of Commerce of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce took up the matter through Sri Lanka Consulate General in Dubai and submitted all necessary documents with the support of Department of Animal Production and Health, Peradeniya and the Industry stakeholders to UAE authorities to proof that Sri Lanka is now free of Avian Influenza.
The Sri Lanka Consulate in Dubai made a representation to the UAE Ministry of Water and Environment in Dubai and Abdul Raheem, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Dubai along with industry stakeholders (Bairaha Farms PLC) met Engineer Safi Mohammed Al Shara, Under Secretary, Animal and Agricultural Affairs of the Ministry of Water and Environment last year.
All necessary documentation to prove that Sri Lanka is now free of Avian Influenza was submitted through the UAE Foreign Ministry by the Sri Lanka Mission in Dubai. ■