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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

East African block calls for qualified livestock
quarantines to increase export revenue 

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Monday called on its East African member countries to strengthen quality livestock trade by setting up modernized livestock disease control facilities across the region.

IGAD, after assessing Sudan’s experience in the livestock sector, underscored on Monday that the need to establish qualified quarantines as a feasible model for promoting livestock trade across the east African region.

Noting that its member countries that are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda are rich in livestock population by hosting some 336 million livestock population, IGAD advised that promoting qualified quarantines in the region will augment the revenue from the exports of cattle by minimizing the challenges hindered from animal diseases.

According to IGAD, currently there are more than 11 export quarantines in the region. However, additional qualified quarantines would further provide effective livestock disease control service given that several trans-boundary animal diseases being endemic in the region.

It was agreed between exporting countries in the IGAD region and importing countries in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to establish and strengthen these facilities as a tool to improve inspection and certification of export animals and lift the ban which was imposed due to the Rift valley fever disease.

According to IGAD, such facilities give an opportunity for animals to be inspected and certified before being shipped to export markets, especially to the MENA region.

IGAD also commended Sudan for its utilization of different options including encouraging private investors to establish feedlot and export. 

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