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Sudan says livestock and exports tops $408 million

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December 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Minister of Livestock and Fisheries and Pastures Faisal Hassan Ibrahim disclosed today that the country’s exports on a year-to-date basis reached $408 million.

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FILE - A cattleman walks with cows before they are slaughtered at an abattoir near Khartoum March 26, 2011 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The official warned however in his statement before the States Council that the returns on livestock are far below the potential due to smuggling particularly in Darfur and Northern states.

He added that non-institutionalized fees and levies imposed by some localities are leading to higher livestock prices for domestic consumption and exports which reduces its competitiveness.

Ibrahim pointed out that the livestock exports contribute about 20% of the national GDP and 50% of the agricultural output despite financing impediments.

This is an increase over the roughly $ 333 million earned in 2011, he said adding that the country’s exports of livestock for the year reached 3,365,481 heads.

The minister called for the establishment of an independent body to oversee exports of livestock and fishery products, organize domestic and foreign markets and facilitate the movement and flow of cattle from production sites to places of consumption.

Ibrahim criticized what he described as land misuse in the country stressing that this is a real obstacle in the way of advancement of this sector.

Livestock and agriculture is one sector Sudan hopes to boost amid a deepening economic crisis caused by the secession of the oil rich South Sudan last year.

Critics say that the government squandered an opportunity over the years to utilize the oil revenues in developing non-oil sectors which could have provided the basis for a diversified economy.

Last month Sudan granted China permission to set up a free-trade zone for agricultural products and livestock to boost bilateral transactions.

Analysts say that financing issues and debt facing farmers as well as lack of technology hinders the growth of agricultural sector in Sudan.

In 2010 the United States announced it was easing sanctions on agriculture equipment and services and gave six U.S. firms licenses to export to the East African nation.

(ST)

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  • 11 December 2012 14:18, by zulu

    Liars. South Sudan is the 3rd largest in the world in animal resources. where did you get that impossible number for you? Does it mean, you have out sold your life stock?

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    • 11 December 2012 14:34, by Northern Sudanese

      zulu
      the real liars are the ones who said south sudan has the 3rd largest livestock in the world! thats a clear lie, if it really was then why are you killing each other over cattle?
      there a faaaar larger number of livestock in sudan than in south sudan and faaar more arable land in sudan than in south sudan, specially land which can easily be irrigated!!!

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      • 11 December 2012 17:56, by Rommel

        Northern Sudanese:
        I sincerely hope that you’re joking. Where did you get the idea that Sudan has "faaaar" more arable land than South Sudan!? You do realize that you live in a desert, right?

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        • 11 December 2012 17:57, by Rommel

          South Sudan has far more tributaries [river channels], is infinitely more fertile, has far more arable land and greater mineral wealth than does Sudan — a Nation blanketed by seemingly endless large deserts, with arable land constituting a derisory 8% of the landmass.

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          • 11 December 2012 18:04, by Rommel

            I feel compelled to repeat myself: South Sudan’s percentage of arable land is mind-blowing, at over 80%/90%. Sudan’s arable land is measly, at 8% — and that’s only when you include occupied territories like Kaka, Chali, Gulli, Jebelayn, Abyei, Kafia Kingi, Hofrat en Nahas, Aliiny ["Heglig"] and a plethora of others.

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            • 11 December 2012 18:09, by Rommel

              You once claimed that Sudan has a total of 60 million acres of arable land... well, why don’t you convert the 60 million acres into square kilometers and see what you come up with. Now find out what 80% of 619,745 is [South Sudan’s size]. I think you’ll find that South Sudan has far more arable land than does Sudan.

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              • 24 December 2012 02:23, by Northern Sudanese

                Rommel
                i am speaking about ’’hectares’’ not ’’acres’’. + sudan is 3 times the size of france, most of its land can be irrigated. south sudan can’t irrogate its land as most its is only arable when there is enough rainfall.
                please look at Australia, a desert nation feeding the whole world. my friend, don’t let the sudanese desert fool you! all the world knows sudans arable land and nile.

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          • 24 December 2012 02:17, by Northern Sudanese

            Rommel
            its not about rivers, Sudan gots 3 ’’major’’ rivers which it can benefit far much from than south sudan. agriculture has nothing to do with minerals, if it does then how does south sudan match with sudan in mineral resources??? tell me how many hectares of arable land south sudan has???

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        • 24 December 2012 02:15, by Northern Sudanese

          Rommel
          Sudan has over 60 million ’’hectares’’ of arable land. how much has south sudan got? you do you know that am not talking about the desert right? even heard of ’’irrigation’’ an irrigation field can produce 10 times the non irrigation field produces!

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      • 11 December 2012 18:55, by Nyakuzuny

        Northern Sudan , please don’t talk with impossible words , were are you getting $408 million liverstock in the Desert Land , you was hearing that the Animals can live without forest , you can only bliaming God , God is one who funishing you Arabs please let you talk the pact , don,t use word Echalla.

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        • 24 December 2012 02:25, by Northern Sudanese

          Nyakuzuny
          dude don’t fool yourself, most of sudan’s livestock comes from Darfur and kordofan. we export meat all the time, please if you really had more livestock then why do you keep killing each other over cattle in south sudan?

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  • 11 December 2012 14:37, by Northern Sudanese

    To Sudanese government
    instead of just wasting your time in addis, or exporting food to our enemies or greeting iranian ships to scare investors from the gulf away...go and complete gezira scheme and the master sugar plan! from the master sugar plan, we will generate an income of $30 billion from just sugar. our plan is to produce 10 million tons, white nile factory, also largest in the continent

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    • 11 December 2012 14:41, by Northern Sudanese

      has a full capacity of only 450,000 tons. all we need is investors that help us to get to that 10 million, but you are only scaring them away by just wasting time in Addis and receiving Iranian ships to scare investors away. we know since the 90’s that USA won’t invest a penny in Sudan, and their puppets in Europe will follow every step USA makes! do something!!!

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      • 11 December 2012 18:37, by Rommel

        Northern Sudanese:
        I scarcely feel the need to dispute the embittered drivel above. I don’t see Sudan being able to produce anywhere to 10 million tons of sugar. You need tens of billions of dollars of international investments for you to reach such lofty heights. Between 2005 and 2009, Brazil’s sugar industry was infused with $20 billion worth of investments from international actors.

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        • 11 December 2012 21:06, by zulu

          Rommel
          These folks are obsequosely adoring this pathological lying regime. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out the math in all their targic deceptions on oil out put, sugar, gold or animals. Should we ask why these mega revenue generation is being off-set by high prices and inflation, I bet they will expore other absurdities to falter. Dusty land is considered arable? Gimmy a BREA

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          • 24 December 2012 02:34, by Northern Sudanese

            zulu
            let me tell you, how is Australia’s land? and how is congo’s land? which land is feeding the world? look at south sudan, is it feeding the world or is the world feeding south sudan?
            most of previous united sudan arable land was in central sudan, which is kordofan, south darfur ,sennar al gezira ect..... go learn science. sudan has 60 million hectares of arable land,how much has south sudan

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        • 24 December 2012 02:31, by Northern Sudanese

          Rommel
          i know we need investment, we need $20 billion of international investment, thats why i am angry with the government for scaring investors from the gulf away!

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      • 11 December 2012 22:12, by Observer

        N Sudanese,
        If your figures were anyway near being right( which sadly for you again they aren’t) why do we have to import sugar?

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        • 24 December 2012 02:29, by Northern Sudanese

          Observer
          because we haven’t met the target. these figures are true and go and research them. we produce 750,000 tons per years but import 400,000 per years. the new plant when it reaches the full capacity of 450,000 by 2014 then we don’t need to import any longer. by 2016 we will export 2 million and by 2020 export 10 million

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