Kyrgyzstan bans poultry imports from Ireland

06-07-2012 | | |

Kyrgyzstan has issued a ban on the import of poultry and poultry products from Ireland following the outbreak of H5N2 there in March.

The Ministry of Agriculture of Kyrgyzstan released a report announcing the ban.

The ban includes the import of live birds, incubated eggs, feathers, poultry meat and other poultry products. Also falling under the ban are Irish feed and feed additives, second-hand, used poultry.

Currently, the Customs Union operates a similar ban on poultry imports, but only from County Cork in Ireland, where the avian influenza outbreak was registered. The Customs Union ban was instituted in April this year. In general, the import of poultry products from that country to Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia is currently allowed, but such supplies are subject to special controls.

The new ban will not have a material impact on the state of the national poultry market in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan imports annually about 90-95 kilotonnes of poultry meat. Currently the share of poultry import from Ireland accounts for only 3-4% of the total volume of imports of poultry meat in this country. Local media with links to Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Agriculture report that the country also plans to install a similar ban on the import of poultry from Netherlands. So far this information has not been confirmed.

Original report of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kyrgyzstan

Vladislav Vorotnikov Eastern European correspondent