According to director of El-Khowai animal quarantine in West Kordofan state Ahmed Adam Younis, 300,000 sheep have been exported to Saudi Arabia between January and April of this year.
He told press that sheep export to Saudi Arabia is going according to plan, saying that additional 1,500,000 sheep would be exported during this year. Younis added the export operations are being conducted according to the primary health requirements.
He pointed that they provide veterinary services for the animals according to the requirements of the importing countries, saying the quarantine recently rehabilitated its infrastructure including the 15 stockyards and the fodder stores. Sudan’s relations with the Gulf States have recently improved following years of tension caused by Sudan-Iran connections.
Last January, Sudan’s minister of animal wealth said that a company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has developed investment studies to increase the exports of live cattle to 600,000 heads annually. Sudan’s animal wealth is Africa’s second largest. The national herd is estimated around 140 million heads of cattle.
The country is a net exporter of live animals, meat and leather. The most important livestock destinations are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Libya, Jordan, U.A.E. and Iraq. Exports increased during the 1990s, mainly driven by the public sector.
Sudan is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League, the organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement, as well as an observer in the World Trade Organization. Its capital is Khartoum, the political, cultural and commercial centre of the nation.