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.
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.
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.
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
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.
IGAD, such facilities give an opportunity for animals to
be inspected and certified before being shipped to
export markets, especially to the MENA region.
commended Sudan for its utilization of different options
including encouraging private investors to establish
feedlot and export.