UAE hit by major egg shortage
There is a major shortage of eggs in the United Arab
Emirates, and prices are rising sharply as supplies from two huge source nations
are banned due to bird flu.
Eggs imported from Saudi Arabia and India constitutes 50% of the market.
Now, producers in the UAE are struggling to meet the demand.
The non-availability of Indian eggs, which were banned 4 months ago, has
had a major effect. According to Indian officials, though the country has been
declared as bird-flu
free, the UAE is yet to revoke the ban on Indian eggs
A delegation from India, comprising officials of the Agriculture Ministry
and NAFED had pleaded the case with the UAE municipal authorities on lifting the
ban. Among the Gulf countries, only Oman has lifted the ban on Indian eggs and
Hussain Hassanain, Technical Secretary of the Emirates Poultry Producers
Association, attributes the present crisis to a shortage of local production of
about 7.5 million per annum.
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