June 23, 2012 ·13 Comments
ERIGAVO — Despite a devastating drought in parts of northwestern Somaliland’s Awdal and Salal provinces where hundreds need urgent aid– western parts of Sanaag region are some what the complete opposite.
Recent Gu rains across the regions of Sanaag and Togdheer, have brought much-needed relief to crops, pastoral communities and livestock.
Key livestock markets are awash with premium supplies with the average lamb fetching as much as $50-$60 per head in towns and villages including the districts of Eel Afweyn, Garadaag and Yuufle, making dealers and buyers very happy.
The price of cattle, sheep and goats sky rockets during seasonal rains due to severe reduction in supply because floods often make main roads impassable to trucks. The rainfall turn the red earth into mud which consumes all major roads and corridors making it impossible to deliver much needed supplies.
The quality improves with the availability of water and grassing which in turn causes more demand at local and international levels. During this time of the year, many exporters gear up for demand during Islamic holy days; namely Ramadan and Eid al-Adha.
Eid al-Adha marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and a key part of the festivities is the sacrifice of an animal— a goat, lamb or cow. The practice symbolizes prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael.
According to regional officials Maroodi Jeeh, Sahil, Togdher and western Sanaag saw noticeable improvement in the past months, and many areas are no longer classified in moderate drought or abnormally dry. They said the Agropastoral livelihood zones in Awdal, Togdheer and Maroodi Jeeh have recorded moderate rains significantly replenishing water sources and improving crops and pasture conditions.
Salal, Sool and eastern Sanaag provinces however remain a drought, regional and community leaders have warned. They noted that parts of Salal and Awdal near the border with Djibouti remain in extreme to exceptional droughts.
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