By: Aisha Braima
KHARTOUM (Sudanow.info.sd) - Production of meat in the Arab Region in 2015 jumped to 9.2 million tons, up by 1.1 million tons from what it was in 2014, according to the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD).
The AOAD said in its latest report on Arab food security this produce covers all types of meat; red (beef and lamb) and white meat (fish, poultry and eggs).
It attributed this jump to the concern demonstrated by many Arab states towards the promotion of their respective livestock and fish sectors.
The report said the region had imported 2.61 million tons of meat, the same year.
It said per capita meat consumption in the region was 29.1 kilograms, higher than the world per capita of 26.8 kilograms for the same year.
Rising meat production in the region has triggered a drop of one U.S.D billion in meat imports, down from U.S.D 3.4 billion in 2014.
The 2015 red meat production in the region was 4.8 million tons, 30.9% of it produced by Sudan.
The region's output of red meat represents a humble 1.5 percent of the global production despite its huge animal wealth, the report said, adding that Sudan production can be raised to an annual 2 million tons if necessary measures are taken. These include a specified and clear production programme and a vision for uplifting animal production, in particular with the creation of a viable marketing system and a stock of fodder reserve.
The AOAD was launched upon a resolution from the Arab League Council in 1970, with its head office in Khartoum, Sudan. It commenced activity in 1972. The Organization’s membership was completed in 1980, when all Arab countries joined in.
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