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: Bahrain want live animals to ensure jobs for their butchers 5.10.2012
: WA Export News October 05, 2012, 10:05:16 AM
Increased imports of live sheep and cattle a must to enhance Bahrain livestock sector, Al Moqla
Manama, Oct 4 (BNA) -- The red meat industry – including beef and mutton – could be enhanced if the number of agencies importing these commodities was increased and export agreements were signed with more countries , the Acting Chairman of the Muharraq Municipal Council, Ali Yacoub Al Moqla told the Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

Free trade agreements are a must with more livestock exporting nations so that Bahrain has enough meat all the time, he added.

He urged the government to permit more agencies to participate in the import of cattle and sheep. “I would request that the government subsidy of BD50 million for livestock imports be given to all agencies that import the commodity. Once the subsidy is given based on the quantity of imports, the market will benefit immensely,” he added.
Livestock arriving in Saudi Arabia from Sudan costs BD120 per head, whereas Australian livestock costs BD90 and Somalian livestock costs only BD42, he said quoting an Arabic media source. In addition the livestock from African locations would be live and not dressed, he said. For Bahrain, he said, it was important to get the live cattle because the butchers earn only BD6 in day from the sale of livestock, which is insufficient for their daily needs.
“When the sheep is brought in whole, instead of dressed, the butchers earn from the fleece and the leather, the hooves, the horns, the meat and other parts that could be used in promoting other industries related to the livestock. In addition, there are people who would want to buy live sheep or cattle, for private slaughter, which brings the industry more money,” he added.
Al Moqla also urged the government to adopt certain measures that would benefit the industry in Bahrain. He said, the government should own the sheep pens and cattle sheds and ask the importers to pay rents on the area they use. The slaughterhouse should be owned by the government and areas and timings allotted to the importers to have their livestock butchered. Shopkeepers from the Central Markets and other outlets would then have a better inventory to choose from and more quantity. “If the quantity with one importer fails, the shopkeeper can always look to another or even mix his purchase.
It will resemble a central warehouse,” he added. Should a resident want live sheep or cattle, that person can place an order with the shop owner of his choice and collect the stock once it has arrived, he added.
He said he planned to accompany the Minister for Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Dr Juma bin Ahmed Al Ka’aby on the tour of African nations in pursuit of better options for livestock imports to Bahrain. The import of livestock from African countries, South Asian destinations and even some European destinations, would mean faster delivery and lesser time in storage. “When the import is live, the chances of the meat consignment getting rotten are fewer,” Al Moqla said and added that it was important to have qualified veterinarians at the port when the consignments arrive to ensure the health of the animals.
The acting chairman said that Eidh Al Aadha was fast approaching and the availability of live sheep for sacrifice was way below the requirements. Muharraq alone needs over 4,000 heads of sheep, he said. BNA found that the availability of meat, especially mutton even at this time of year, has been affected. Butchers say the stock available will not take them through the festival season.

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