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Over 217,000 heads of livestock imported to meet seasonal demand

20 Mar 2024 Over 217,000 heads of livestock imported to meet seasonal demand By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) has reported that the total number of livestock imported since March 8 has reached 217,370.

Dr Samah bint Mahmoud al Sharif, head of Veterinary Quarantine Department at Muscat International Airport under MAFWR, said the ministry is actively collaborating with livestock import companies to meet market demand for livestock and red meat. “Import procedures are being streamlined and facilitated to ensure efficient operations.”

Providing a detailed breakdown of the imported livestock, Dr Samah informed that there were 87,755 goats, 120,565 sheep, 6,550 cows and 2,500 camels.

She highlighted the significance of this effort, particularly during Ramadan and the upcoming festival of Eid al Fitr, when demand for red meat peaks. “Import requests from various companies and institutions are expected to rise in the coming days to meet the seasonal demand.”

Oman has imported livestock from GCC countries, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, South Africa and Australia, among others.

Dr Samah further informed that veterinary staff are working diligently to apply necessary health procedures on all imported live animal consignments. “They are the first line of defence to prevent the spread of infectious, epidemic or common animal diseases into Oman.”

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