Livestock export looms across Somalia, Animal diseases affect the livestock

Puntland’s main port of Bossaso has experienced a rise in the number of animals being exported to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Gulf.

The director of Puntland’s Ministry of Livestock, Dr Ibrahim Hared Ali, told radio ERGO that  more than 400,000 camels and goats were exported to Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks through the port.

“That is the largest number of livestock ever exported through the Bossaso port in a single month and we are expecting more to be exported in the coming days,” Ali told Radio Ergo’s local reporter.  

Jama Abdi, a dealer in livestock, told also radio ERGO  two ships loaded with 30,000 camels and goats have been leaving the port every night recently, ahead of Eid Al-Adha festivities.  The animals undergo veterinary health screening and get vaccinations at the pre-export livestock facility in Bossaso before being shipped out.

It was on February 26, 2013 when Mogadishu seaport in the capital in attendance with ministers of the Somali federal government and traders nearby 549 cattle of the cows category has deported into Uman country after ferry from that country put out to sea at Mogadishu seaport on February 26, 2013.

The Manager of Mogadishu seaport, Abdullahi Ali Nor told the press that the export of Somali livestock at Mogadishu seaport shows the progress made in the business saying it is open for all traders wanting to export cattle, camel, sheep and e.g.

The Deputy Minister of trade affairs, H.E. Abdirisak Sh. Isma’il and deputy minister of National Resources, H.E. Sa’ido Ahmed Hassan both spoke at historic event that occurred in the Somali capital Mogadishu this year in particular at the main seaport.

They said this move would bring booming business and open market of the Somali livestock adding that there are 3000 of camels and thousands of goats ready to be exported from Mogadishu seaport.

Apart from the livestock export efforts going on, the Pastoralists in Mudug, Galgadud and Gedo regions have reported the outbreak of various animal diseases affecting cattle, goats and sheep.  

Ahmed Mohamed, a cattle herder in Dumaye village in Mudug’s Harardhere district, told radio ERGO that  more than 50 cows had died of diseases in the area in the past week. He identified the diseases as “Garab-goye” and “Qanje” in Somali.

A veterinary specialist working with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also told radio ERGO that these names refer to Black Quarter and Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP). Both diseases affect cattle.

In Abudwaq, a 62-year-old cattle herder in Sarman village, Ahmed Hashi, said 15 cattle had died in his village.

“The cattle are dying every day from these diseases and we are afraid that we will lose all of our cattle to the disease,” Hashi told Radio Ergo’s local reporter.

Dr Mohamed Omar Eenow, veterinary physician in Adado town, confirmed to Radio Ergo that the diseases are prevalent in Mudug and Galgadud regions. Eenow said there are no outreach veterinary services in rural areas and livestock had not been vaccinated against common diseases.

Elsewhere, another 150 cattle, goats and sheep were reported to have died from unidentified diseases in Luq and Garbaharey districts of Gedo region during last week. Mohamed Mohamud, a pastoralist in Gubbo-weyn, said most of the animals died in Gubbo, Funuje, Golweyn and Geedweyne villages.

Abdi Bes, a veterinary doctor working for Vets Without Borders (VSF), told Radio Ergo that they are yet to identity the diseases, but initial information indicates one of the diseases may be Contagious Caprine Pleuropneunonia (CCPP) disease.

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