Law on encouraging investment in animal wealth [Archives:2004/768/Business & Economy]

August 30 2004

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
A law regarding development of animal wealth in Yemen has been issued and it represents the first of its kind in the country. The law, in addition to development of the animal wealth, it encourages capitals for investment in this field and aims at protecting the animal wealth and the increase of production of its products.
The law stipulates the necessity of uniting all efforts and activities related to animal wealth in all areas of Yemen in a way leading to realization of required economic goals and protection of this wealth against diseases and communicative diseases including those coming from outside.
The law is also aimed at encouragement and protection of local and foreign investment in the area of animal wealth and poultry as well as organisation and encouragement of the national veterinarian cadre and qualifying it scientifically and technically. It also targets the growth and development of the countryside to raise its productive capacity of the animal wealth that in turn would help improve the Yemeni countryside living condition.
The law included terms on protection and development of animal wealth and health, slaughterhouses and meats markets, in addition to punishments for the protection of the animal wealkth and fixing duties imposed in this field.
Figures indicate that the volume of the animal wealth in Yemen amounted in 2003 to more than 15.5 million head against 15.2 million in 2002. The number of goats reached 7.3 million heads in 2003, followed by 6.5 heads of sheep and 1.3 million heads of cattle.
Pursuant to statements issued by the agricultural State Administration of Statistics and documentation, the governorate of Hadramout occupied the first place in raising goats and cattle reaching 1.1 million heads of goats and 79.7 thousand of cattle. The governorate of Hudeida occupied the second place as having 655.1 thousand heads of sheep and 220.3 heads of cows.
Therefore, the law aims at increasing production of meat, diaries and rawhide and to cover the increasing demand for meat products locally and externally.