As part of its efforts to support the agricultural sector and farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MoAFWR) has signed an agreement with Marafi to finance the employment of agricultural quarantine specialists at Suwaiq port.
The agreement aims to facilitate the provision of inspection services for imported and exported agricultural consignments around the clock to ensure that these are free of plant pests and diseases. The agreement also aims to facilitate the entry of agricultural consignments through direct import from different sea ports to ensure that the local market gets various agricultural products.
The agreement was signed by Eng Suleiman bin Mahfouz al Toobi, director general of Agricultural Development in the MoAFWR, and Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Abri, CEO of Marafi.
According to the ministry’s statistics, of the 1.3mn animals exported and imported between January 1 and July 31 of 2020, the number of sheep and goats imported was 1,054,038, while 63,935 cows were imported.
The number of sheep and goats exported was 178,677 while 5,350 cows were exported.
The ministry stated that it has put strict measures in place for export of livestock.
‘Export of livestock is not allowed without approval of the ministry. Livestock exporters must obtain export permit three days prior to the date of export.
The livestock should undergo three-day quarantine before being exported but that period may vary as per requirements applied by the importing country.’
The ministry is making concerted efforts to provide the required quantities of livestock needed by the local market and maintain the supply of imported as well locally produced food commodities.
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