BERBERA (Somalilandpress) — Suleiman Al-Jabiri, a Saudi tycoon and livestock investor, is constructing a second livestock quarantine facility in the Somaliland port town of Berbera worth millions, Berberanews reports.
Somaliland’s livestock minister, Idiris Ibrahim Abdi and Mr Suleiman laid the first foundation stone on Saturday for the new facility which is expected to house more than 1.5 million heads.
“The plant will have international standards and will equally be shared by all Somali livestock traders in the region,” Mr Idiris told local media.
The facility is expected to boost Somaliland’s livestock exports that’s disease-free to neighbouring countries and the Middle East, which accounts for over 90 per cent of its trade.
The ceremony was attended by Somaliland ministers, regional Sahil authorities, local traders and Hassan Al-Hussein, the chairman of Gulf International, the company that will construct the facility.
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Early last year, Al-Jabiri completed a $5-million livestock quarantine station and has since exported thousands of live animals to the Arabian peninsula.
Saudi Arabia relaxed a eleven-year ban on Somaliland livestock last October and Somaliland animals have been steadily on high demand in the Saudi Kingdom ever since. Livestock market is estimated to be worth $250-million annually in Somaliland.
Sources: Berberanews and Somalilandpress, 10 January 2010