Saudi Arabia lifts Somali livestock ban

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Tuesday January 26, 2010 - 04:14:24 in News & Events by Super Admin
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    Saudi Arabia lifts Somali livestock ban

    Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on the import of livestock from Somalia imposed nine years ago to prevent the spread of Rift Valley fever.

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Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on the import of livestock from Somalia imposed nine years ago to prevent the spread of Rift Valley fever.

Somali pastoralists and traders have welcomed the news, it means they can profit from increased demand for livestock during the Eid al-Adha festival when Muslims traditionally sacrifice an animal.

The export of sheep, goats and cattle is a mainstay of Somalia's economy and Saudi Arabia had been a major market.

The failed Horn of Africa state has not had a functioning central government since 1991.



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