Somalilandsun: The 11 years livestock export ban to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been lifted by authorities in Jeddah.
This was confirmed by Somaliland’s Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Saeed Sulub Mohamed in Hargeisa as he thanked the Saudi Arabia government for what he termed as a life saving and economic boosting move.
Up to 80 percent of Somaliland’s export income is generated by sales of sheep, goat, camel and cattle.
Somaliland’s Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Saeed Sulub Mohamed has said that Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on Somaliland’s livestock exports from our seas.
Saeed Sulub Mohamed who spoke to the media yesterday said that Saudi Arabia has opened livestock exports to Somaliland, Djibouti and Somalia.
The decade long ban was imposed following fears of Rif Valley fever though exports through unofficial channels especially via Yemen have been reported over the years.
“We are pleased that the Saudi livestock market, which has been closed to us for some time, has opened for the governments of Somaliland, Djibouti and Somalia, and we are preparing for the Berbera livestock market to be ready for livestock exports,” said Sulub. “The backbone of our economy has been livestock. I hope everyone involved will be prepared, and as a ministry we are ready for livestock and health exports.”
He also thanked the Saudi Ambassador to Somaliland and Somalia.