New regulations for poultry health in India
A representative of India's agriculture ministry has
announced that the Indian government may introduce regulatory measures to govern
poultry health to help prevent the spread of infections such as avian
Sohoni was speaking at the 'National Conference on Challenges for the
Indian Poultry Sector â€” Post-Avian Influenza' organised by the Confederation of
She said that the government would strongly consider the industry's
perspective in shaping its action plan in keeping with the World Organisation for Animal
(OIE) guidelines. These measures will ensure the quality of poultry
products and production chain.
â€œEach importing country has its own requirements that have become more
stringent after the outbreak of avian
with regard to environment, animal welfare, packaging, pesticide
residues, etc,â€ the official added.
The poultry industry faces challenges on other fronts as well. These
include the availability, cost and quality of raw material, especially feed, the
India is the fifth-largest producer of poultry meat in the world. The
poultry industry has been growing steadily producing 1,800 million kg of meat
and 42 billion eggs every year. It provides employment to 3 million people.
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