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 realized that the Somali livestock were healthy,” said Mr Hassan adding “The health and quality concerns raised by the Saudis have now been cleared,”

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.

Somalia has previously exported 5,000 herd of cattle to the United Arab Emirates courtesy of the AFRICAN SHIPPING LINE -SOMALIA through Mogadishu and Berbera Ports. The company is a regular exporter of livestock from Somalia to the Gulf countries.

Other Countries that have Livestock Exports include Kenya, Djibouti. Livestock Import countries include Mauritius, Seychelles Turkey.