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September 30, 2020

Sheep export opportunities in MENA

Early this week, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Achim Irimescu had an official meeting with the representatives of the main sheep farming associations and with Mr. Waleed Saeed, the representative of Saudi Arabia’s Khayrat Belady Company, who was accompanied by Mr. Said Al-Masri, former Jordanian Agriculture Minister.

The topic of the talks mainly consisted of Romania’s possibility of exporting sheep and cattle. Mr. Saeed informed the Romanian side that he has a wide-ranging project for the creation of a centre of quarantine for sheep and cattle in Jordan, featuring investments of EUR 30 M and an initial capacity for 225,000 sheep and 30,000 cattle. At the same time, he pointed out that this centre would serve 15 states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The company’s representatives pointed out that the participation of sanitary-veterinary authorities in the whole livestock farming and monitoring process is essential. They expressed their satisfaction that the Romanian sheep farming sector has important qualities that make it competitive at international level: the quality of the meat products, the non-excessive use of antibiotics etc.

Mr. Said Al-Masri proposed the setting up of commercial collaboration in what concerns the export of fodder too, mentioning that in the Arab countries the fodder used for livestock feeding consist in proportion of 50 per cent of lucerne.
The Romanian Agriculture Minister pointed out that the Romanian authorities and farmers strictly respect European regulations currently in force. These regulations have created the appropriate legislative framework for successful involvement in international projects such as the one presented by the representatives of the Saudi Arabian and Jordanian companies.

Likewise, the minister pointed out that Romanian farmers thus have the opportunity to enter new international markets and at the same time to maintain existing trade ties. In what concerns the development of fodder exports, Minister Irimescu emphasized that if the Jordanian side shows an interest in it then Romanian producers will surely become good partners.

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