Russia to reduce poultry imports by 30 percent

RUSSIA - Russian importers have decided to reduce their purchases of foreign poultry by 30 percent to assist domestic poultry raisers facing falling demand linked to avian flu fears, the agriculture minister said.

"The proposal to reduce poultry imports to Russia by about 30 percent came from the industry," minister Alexei Gordeev said on Tuesday in a report carried by Russian news agencies.

The Russian poultry industry has said domestic consumption has decreased by 20-30 percent because of anxieties about bird flu.

Russian poultry imports are regulated by a quota of 1.13 million tonnes this year, of which more than 74 percent has been allotted to the United States, according to data from the news agency Interfax.

Separately, the Russian agriculture ministry announced a temporary ban on imports of poultry from Israel after the discovery of highly pathogenic bird flu in the country.

Source: TodayOnline
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