By Goth Mohamed Goth
Somaliland will soon resume livestock exports to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj in the coming few days, Somaliland minister of livestock and fisheries and marine resources has revealed.
Hon Hassan Mohamed Gafadhi, speaking to the state owned Somali language daily said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allowed Somaliland to export livestock only for use as sacrificial offerings for millions of Muslims making the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, which means it’s for the Hajj Season only, though we are still holding talks with them to fully lift the ban.
The minister of livestock and fisheries and marine resources further added, “The first herd of livestock has already arrived here they wait in quarantine for a duration receiving blood tests and vaccinations veterinarians will check the livestock thoroughly to ensure compliance with health regulations in two local quarantines facilities situated in the port city of Berbera.
“We are currently exporting our livestock directly to other markets such as the UAE and Oman, although many traders would prefer the Saudi market which is more lucrative”, he said.