An official in the Sudanese port of Suakin revealed that a ship carrying cattle was returned from the Saudi port of Jeddah due to the low immunity, out of two ships of cattle that were shipped during the past two days.
Yesterday, the director of the Suakin quarry, Abdul Rahim Abdel Fattah, told SUNA that during the past two days, two cattle ships (one boat every day) were shipped to the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the first carrying about 10 thousand sheep, and the second carrying about 8.3 thousand sheep.
He added that the second shipment was returned to the port of Suakin due to the low immunity, and explained that there are treatments to return the exports, which include re-vaccination, immunity testing, and the increase of livestock quarantine for a period of 21 days, and then re-exported.
He stressed that the repeated return of livestock caused severe damage to the Sudanese livestock exports sector.
He said that the previous period witnessed the return of 37 ships. He added, “They worked on treatments for 29 ships that were exported, and now the remaining 8 ships are going through re-vaccination and detection of immunity.”
On the availability of the vaccine and immunity reagents at the Suakin veterinary quarry, Abdel Fattah said, “The vaccine is available and we have 3 thousand doses of it. As for the reagents, they have now expired, and we need to increase them.”
Abdel-Fattah explained that livestock exports in general are proceeding well despite the challenges and problems, and called for the rehabilitation of the quarry, the establishment of desalination plants, and the solution of transportation and fuel problems.