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Ethiopia’s Livestock Exports Increase


The Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration (MoTRI) recently announced an upturn in livestock exports during the initial five months of the current fiscal year, surpassing the corresponding period of the previous year by 72,000.

Abebe Tadesse, the head of MoTRI’s Animal and Diary Export Desk, expressed that the volume of livestock exports, which had previously suffered from contraband issues, is now returning to normal, resulting in increased income. The Customs Commission's implementation of measures to combat contraband, including interventions and strengthened border checkpoints, has proven successful in curbing the illegal transportation of cattle.

The strategic establishment of livestock quarantines in various parts of the country has played a pivotal role in facilitating trade, leading to an expansion in the number of export destinations. Notably, Saudi Arabia has become the exclusive recipient of quarantined livestock, which has contributed to the growth of exports to the country.

Ethiopia has diversified its approach to livestock exports by moving away from relying solely on a quarantine center in Djibouti, instead establishing additional quarantines in Afar-Mile, Jijiga, Metema, Humera, and other border areas. Ongoing efforts include conducting research to identify the factors behind previous declines in livestock exports and collaborating with stakeholders to combat illicit trafficking and contraband within the industry.

Source: The Ethiopian Herald