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Sudan to export 6,3 million heads of cattle in 2016

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May 17, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Pastures on Tuesday said it plans to export 6,3 million heads of cattle in 2016 and expected the total revenue to reach more than $1 billion.

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A cattleman walks with cows before they are slaughtered at an abattoir near Khartoum on 26 March 2011 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudan’s animal wealth is Africa’s second largest. The national herd is estimated around 140 million heads of cattle.

In its 2016 plan, the ministry said it would export 6,353,619 heads of cows, sheep, goats and camels besides 32,405 tons of meat.

Earlier this month, the Sudanese government said it would export 1,8 million heads of cattle to Saudi Arabia in 2016, pointing that 300,000 sheep have been exported to the Kingdom between January and April of this year.

According to the ministry, the revenue from the cattle exports would reach $903,673,000 million while the meat exports are expected to yield $155,447,775 besides $19,775,432 from the leather exports.

The ministry’s plan expects that the total revenue from the export of cattle, meat and leather would reach $1,078,895,207.

The plan, which falls within the (2015 -2019) program of economic reform and the (2012-2016) second fifth plan of the animal wealth sector, aims to increase the livestock production and productivity to increase the exports and substitute for the imports.

The East African nation seeks to benefit from its animal wealth to promote the exports and increase foreign reserves after losing 75% of its oil revenues following the secession of South Sudan in 2011.

Last January, Sudan’s minister of animal wealth said that a company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has developed investment studies to increase the exports of live cattle to 600,000 heads annually.

In April, the government said that prestigious French companies would establish in Sudan the largest center for artificial insemination in Africa in order to improve the offspring of livestock and produce a new generation of animals with high productivity of meat and dairy.

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