3 July 2018

Somalia: Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Somalia Livestock

Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on Somali livestock imports, official confirmed.

Livestock, Range and Forestry minister Sheikh Nur Mohamed Hassan said the decision followed discussions with the Saudi authorities.

Saudi Arabia banned the Somali livestock imports in September 2016 following reports of an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in the Horn of Africa country.

"Saudi officials realised that the Somali livestock were healthy," said Mr Hassan.

Quality concerns

"The health and quality concerns raised by the Saudis have now been cleared," he added.

The minister confirmed that export would soon resume.

"Up to 1.1 million goats will be exported to Saudi Arabia prior to this year's Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca about two months from now)," stated Mr Hassan.

Somalia also exports livestock to Egypt, Oman and Yemen. However, Saudi Arabia remains the largest absorber of camels, cattle, goats and sheep from Somalia.

"My ministry is going to secure other export markets for our livestock," Mr Hassan said, without indicating the new destinations.

Somalia

Finance Ministry Under Fire for Missing $42-Million

Somalia Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Budget has released a new report alleging mismanagement of funds at the… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 The East African. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.