The Ministry of Animal resources in Sudan denied news of livestock exported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being returned and instead confirmed the arrival of thousands of heads of cattle to the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Animal Resources in Sudan announced the arrival of 17,632 Sudanese heads of cattle to the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, after opening the Aqaba road to Port Sudan.
The national Khartoum-Port connecting road Sudan leading to the export port was closed off middle of last week at the request of the Supreme Council of Beja Heads.
This was done in protest against the detention of a number of residents from Port Sudan in Khartoum after their participation in the June 30 processions.
The Minister of Animal Resources, Hafiz Ibrahim, told AlTaghyeer that all exported livestock had passed the medical examination.
He confirmed that none of the shipments to Jeddah were returned, as some Sudanese news outlets had reported.
The minister attributed the delay in the arrival of livestock to the port of Jeddah to the closure of the Aqaba road for three days.
“Although the cattle stayed on the road for three days, they passed the examination and none of them were returned due to lack of immunity or disease,” he said.
He explained that the ships Hajja Fatima No. 12.891 and Al-Baraka (8) 4732 docked safely in the port of Jeddah.
The minister revealed in an interview with AlTaghyeer last week, that a protocol had been signed between Sudan and KSA for quarantine rules, regulations, and procedures, which are being implemented with the utmost professionalism.
He confirmed the launch of the al-Huda export campaign to KSA in the past few days, and said that Sudan had developed an ambitious plan to supply KSA with the requested Huda quantities for this year.
The “Huda” is one of the requirements of the Islamic Hajj rituals. It is a kind of offering from an animal that is slaughtered in the holy mosque in Mecca. It is performed every year by more than two million pilgrims who perform Hajj rituals.
He stressed that the measures helped in the flow of exports in an orderly manner in accordance with the agreed requirements.
“We have tried to develop the vessels of the maritime carrier to Saudi Arabia and to cover and treat all the gaps that come within the process of exporting al-Huda” he added.
KSA is Sudan’s biggest livestock importer, and during the year 2020, KSA received an estimated “1.3” million heads of cattlee, despite the absence of sacrifice exports due to COVD-19.
Sudanese livestock product comes second for the Saudi consumer right after the local.