UAE to give "go ahead" to Thai poultry production
The United Arab Emirates delegation is expected to
give the â€œgo aheadâ€ to chicken production facilities of leading Thai
The plan for leading Thai companies to commence chicken production in the
UAE has the potential to boost the chicken industry's export earnings by 3.6
billion baht (US$110 million).
Shipments of Thai chicken meat were banned from entering the UAE in 2005
following the country's new regulations requiring Halal certification from the
UAE Municipality. According to deputy director of Thailand's National Bureau of
Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards, Somchai Channarongkul, the
oppotrunity to fix the situation is now.
â€œOnce our Halal production standards are approved, at least 40,000 tonnes
of processed or heat-treated meat can be sold to GCC countries, of which 10,000
tonnes, worth 700 million baht (US$21 million) would be sold to the UAE. This
could be a turning point for the Thai food industry as it would give us access
to the large Halal market in 185 countries worldwide,â€ he says, adding that the
Insitute for Halal Food Standards of Thailand has "okayed" 177 Thai companies
that are producing Halal food for export.
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