Suleiman bin Mohammed al Salmi, director general of Animal Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said that within the framework of the existing efforts to meet the needs of the local market of livestock and live sheep during the holy month of Ramadan, the sultanate’s ports received several consignments of livestock and sheep numbering about 1,69,000 heads since early April.
In a statement to Oman News Agency, Salmi affirmed that there are other consignments of livestock that will shortly arrive from several countries in the coming days to supply the local market. A shipment of live sheep is expected to arrive on April 28 from Australia – aound 15,000 heads. At the same time, meat of all kinds, whether slaughtered (frozen) or live, will be available in sufficient quantities and cover the needs of the local market during the coming period, he assured.
Salmi further pointed out that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has granted many import licenses to a number of companies specialising in import of live animals from several countries and these are expected to bring in stocks during the coming period. Imports have been permitted from other countries in accordance with international health requirements.
The DG stated that the ministry is constantly working to open new external outlets for import to meet the needs of the local market of livestock and live sheep in addition to the supply of Omani breeds. He stressed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is constantly working to meet the needs of the domestic market for livestock in accordance with health and international guidelines.