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Ban on animal imports from six

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 27, (KUNA): The Public Authority for Agriculture and Fish Resources Affairs (PAAFRA) has banned the importation of ruminants from Saudi Arabia due to foot and mouth disease.

The decision also includes a temporary banning importation of all live birds from Portugal due to West Nile fever as well as all species of ruminants from France and Canada banned due to the emergence of bluetongue disease, Deputy Director of PAAF Hanadi Bastaki said in statement. The decision also temporarily banned the importation of Equidae family from the Republic of Panama due to inflammation of the brain and spinal cord disease as the import of all ruminants from Slovenia banned due to the spread of mad cow disease, Bastaki added.

Bastaki stressed the need that all animals shall be subject to conditions and regulations issued by the Animal Health Department of PAAF and according to the procedures of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Veterinary Quarantine in the GCC as well as procedures prescribed by regulation quarantine system in Kuwait.

In other news, Kuwait Environment Protection Society (KEPS) announced on Tuesday launching a marine organisms photo shooting and documenting field program at Kuwait’s shores for professional and mature photographers, presented in the KEPS 11th wildlife photography contest. Head of wildlife protection committee in KEPS Dr Manaf Behbehani said in remarks to KUNA that the committee is willing to organize an open day for the photographers willing to take part in the competition to be held next Saturday, including a trip to Kuwait towers.

The trip will include scientific and anatomical explanation about the marine organisms in the country including fish, prawns, birds and sponge besides others, he said. Experts, researchers and academics from Kuwait University (KU), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), and Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) will offer a scientific and educating presentation to the participants, he added. He called on the participants to bring along the needed equipment for the trip, including a cap, camera and fit shoes.

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