The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will soon send a team of experts to Pakistan to inspect its poultry infrastructure and system in order to look into the possibility of lifting ban on import of poultry products from the country. The poultry ban issue was discussed on Wednesday during a meeting between Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research (MNFSR) Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan and Ambassador of UAE to Pakistan Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi, who called on the minister. Secretary MNFSR Seerat Asghar was also present on the occasion.
It is pertinent to mention here that UAE has imposed ban on the said products from Pakistan on account of eruption of Bird Flu disease. During the meeting, the Ambassador was apprised of a recent visit by a four-member technical delegation from Saudi Arabia, which reposed confidence in phytosanitary measures undertaken by Pakistan for ensuring export of safe quality food. The delegation had also expressed satisfaction over the quality of poultry and livestock infrastructure in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, the federal minister said that there was a great potential of trade between Pakistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in agriculture sector particularly in areas of poultry and livestock. Ambassador of UAE to Pakistan said that Pakistan has a great scope in increasing export of agricultural products to UAE because of its geographical proximity with his country. On the occasion, Asghar expressed the hope that UAE would soon restore import of poultry products from Pakistan as it’s has been declared free from Bird Flu disease. Further strengthening of bilateral trade between two brotherly countries was also agreed upon during the meeting.