Russia lifts ban on Hungarian poultry

RUSSIA - Russia has lifted its ban on Hungarian poultry from January, which will allow Hungarian firms to sell several 100 million forints of poultry to Russia in the coming months, the Hungarian Poultry Product Council has said.
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Russia, which imposed the ban in June after the H5N1 strain of avian influenza hit Hungary's poultry, partially lifted it in October but kept it for some Hungarian counties including the most important poultry producing regions.

In a normal year, Hungary sells HUF 1.2-1.5 billion of poultry to Russia, but sales plunged to less than half those levels in 2006, László Bárány, chairman of the poultry product council told Thursday's issue of business daily Világgazdaság.

Hungary sold less poultry products to other key markets, e.g. Germany, after one million birds were culled following the outbreak of bird flu, which hit the duck and goose breeding region of Bács-Kiskun hardest, the paper added.

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