By Goth Mohamed Goth
A ship carrying more than 1283 herds of camel has docked yesterday at Berbera port after being sent back by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the livestock heard is said to belong to the Saudi tycoon Suleyman Al Jaabiri and local businessmen this been the second such ship to be send back in the last few weeks.
The ship known as MV Amin is said to have departed from the country’s main port of Berbera on the 26th of March last month destined for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia this after another ship carrying livestock docked in the port of Berbera last Saturday.
550 herd of camel on board the ship belonged to Saudi born livestock magnate Sulymain Al AJaabiri while the rest belonged to Somaliland businessmen; the reason which prompted the Saudi authorities to turn away the ship came about after they found some animals were infected by _ disease.
The business community in Somaliland has shown concern regarding the decision by Saudi Arabia to send back two ships in such a short time on the pretext that Saudi regulations prevents the clearance of contaminated livestock is viewed with suspicion and also crippling not to mention the growing stiff competition from other stakeholders in the region vying for the Saudi market.
Efforts to reach the Minister of livestock Hon Dr. Abdi Aw Dahir was unavailable to answerour question on what caused a second ship to be sent back in just three weeks in the proved futile . It’s a high time that the government of Somaliland realized the ramifications of such actions by the Saudis and must act quickly to resolve any technical or procedural obstacles related to health or any other related problems to avoid such incidence in the future.
Livestock, the largest value chain in Somaliland, is one of the program’s main focuses. Livestock production accounts for 60-65% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Among pastoralists, especially those classified as poor, 50-80% of income is derived from sale of livestock and 25-30% of food comes from livestock products.
Moreover, livestock trading is a lucrative business which generates significant profits for not only the pastoralists and for the traders, while the government obtains the most tax revenues out of this trade.