By John Lee.
The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) has reportedly banned the import of chickens and eggs from Iranian farms.
An official from the KRG’s agriculture ministry told Rudaw that they have decided to halt the import of Iranian chickens and eggs as the H5N8 bird flu virus has been found in many Iranian fields, adding:
“Although there is no serious threat from the spread of bird flu over the Kurdistan Region, we have decided to prevent the possibility.”
Iraqi Kurdistan produces an estimated 80 thousand tons of chicken annually, which is not sufficient to meet domestic needs, requiring it to import another 100 tons of chicken and 2,200 tons of eggs per year.
The loss of Iran as a supplier is expected to be made up by Turkey.