The reported 3 livestock quarantines, with a collective capacity to host over 42,000 export-ready cattle concurrently, have a combined construction cost of 210 million Ethiopian birr (close to 9.1 million U.S. dollars), according to Abrham Tesfaye, the Ministry’s public relation head.
While the livestock sector is an important subdivision within the east African country’s economy in terms of its contributions to both agricultural value-added and national GDP, recent drought has wrecked havoc on Ethiopia’s cattle population.
The drought, as one major factor, has forced Ethiopia to realize only half of its target from meat export sub-sector during the concluded 2016-2017 Ethiopian fiscal year, said Tesfaye.
The country, which had an initial plan of exporting 38,600 tons of meat abroad, was only able to export 19,779 tons that accounts close to 50 percent of the target, it was noted.
The east African country has recently launched livestock identification and traceability system. The system, costing 1.4 million U.S. dollars, when fully implemented will gather information regarding origin of the animal, type of husbandry and management system.
Figures from the Ethiopian government revealed that the east African country is home to one of the largest livestock populations in Africa, with approximately 50 million cattle, 50 million goats and sheep, and an additional assortment of horses, donkeys and camels.