The Kingdom of Bahrain is having to pay an extra BD1 mill. (€ 2, 035,789.17) a month to maintain fresh meat supplies as a result of the ban on Australian sheep. It has been forced to double its livestock imports just to be able to meet demand as a result of the sanction.
The country has been hit by a series of shortages since the end of August when it turned away a shipment of 21,000 live sheep that led to imports from Australia being halted. Bahrain, which consumes around 5,800 t of meat a year, has turned increasingly to Somali meat in a bid to prevent shortages.
It is costing the country about BD30,000 (€ 61073.68 ) extra a day compared to importing Australian livestock. Although the price of Somali sheep is € 15,27 (BD7.500) per head cheaper than those from Australia, they yield around half the quantity of meat.
This means that because fresh meat is subsidised by the government, which keeps the market price at BD1 (€ 2,04) per kilo, Australian livestock represents much better value. Sources said despite dwindling fresh meat supplies, supermarkets were being adequately stocked, but butchers and restaurants were being given less priority in an attempt to keep the situation under control.
Bahrain allegedly breached an animal welfare clause when it denied the Australian shipment entry and made them sit on a boat for days.
Source: Gulf Daily News