By Mustafe Mohammed
Somaliland has exported millions of sheep and goats en route to Saudi Arabia as a part of the sacrificial offerings in performing the Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca al Mukarrama
Berbera – (Somalicommentator) – Feeding millions of Muslim in Mecca in their faithful making, Somaliland has exported millions of sheep and goats en route to Saudi Arabia as a part of the sacrificial offerings in performing the Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca al Mukarrama better known as Hajj.
Somaliland’s livestock whose mainstay is pastoralism is under traders who are now interested to see their fortunes. Market
BETTER DAYS FOR BERBERA
As reported by the BBC’s correspondent Ahmed Saeed Ige, Berbera on these days is too cramped while traders are streaming to the city in order to make use of this opportunity to boost their income. Livestock exporting is a great boon to the traders on these days.
Mr Ege states that the city’s income boosts dramatically on those days.
LIVESTOCK MOVE BOOSTS SL ECONOMY
Although Somaliland faces competition from Australia, Sudan and other countries that export livestock to the Hajj, yet 60 percent of Somaliland’s gross domestic product accounts on livestock trade with the Middle East.
Once livestock is sold, they are trucked to the port city of Berbera where they later receive blood test and vaccinations. Expert veterinarians deal with them and quarantine livestock for weeks. As a result, animals are loaded at night when the air is cooler.
‘Goats and sheep climb aboard in Berbera city which then sails to Jedda’, says Abdirizak Mohammed Liban, a veterinarian in Berbera.
Dr Liban also says that Somaliland sometimes lags behind when treating animals as this may cause banning imposed by Arabians.