Ethiopia Requests Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Livestock Export

ADDIS ABABA – Ambassador of Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia, Lencho Bati held discussion with Deputy Minister for Agriculture Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Eng. Ahmed S. Al-khamshi, on Tuesday.

Ambassador Lencho briefed the Deputy Minister about the investment opportunities Ethiopia provides to international investors in agriculture and livestock sectors with modern technology. 

Ambassador Lencho emphasized the opportunity Ethiopia provides to Saudi Arabian investors in these fields. 

During the discussion, the Ambassador also requested the Deputy Minister to lift the ban Saudi Arabia imposed on Ethiopian live animal export. 

Eng. Ahmed, on his part, expressed his country’s interest to engage in agriculture and livestock investment by consulting government and private investers. 

The minister also pointed out that the Ministry will consider to take necessary measures to lift the ban on Ethiopian livestock animal import.

The gulf nation imposed the ban following the first reported outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) outside of Africa, in Saudi Arabia, two years ago, according to reports.

Counter measures include the rapid disposal of dead animals and intensive application of insecticides to eradicate mosquitoes and larvae, as well as imposing a regional ban on imported livestock from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Kenya, and Djibouti.