UAE hit by major egg shortage

07-12-2007 | |

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 and poultry.
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 poultry.
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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