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Lanka bans imports of birds, chicken flesh from India

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Colombo, July 27 (UNI) Sri Lanka today banned the imports of birds and chicken flesh from India, after the outbreak of bird flu in north-eastern state of Manipur.

''After receiving reports of outbreak of bird flu in Manipur, we have imposed a temporary ban on imports of all birds and chicken flesh from India with immediate effect,'' Deputy Minister of Livestock Development K A Bayis told UNI over the phone.

It is only a precautionary measure to ensure that the outbreak of bird flu does not spread to Sri Lanka by any chance, Mr Bayis said, adding adhering to such strict measures was inevitable to keep the island nation free of the deadly avian influenza.

He said Sri Lanka was importing mainly parent chicken from India and expressed the hope that suspension of imports from the country would not have any negative impact on the local market both in terms of price and supply.

Sri Lanka's decision came after reports from India indicated that the Manipur government yesterday began culling 1.6 lakh and a red alert had been sounded in Nagaland.

Mr Bayis said Sri Lanka had already lifted the ban on imports of birds and chicken flesh from the US and Australia, but not from the UK.

He said the ban would be lifted once the situation was brought under control.

UNI

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