The Somali republic has not yet much to offer to the world market. The agricultural?
The Somali republic has not yet much to offer to the world market. The agricultural production of the country is low, the greater parts of the country are semi-desert scrub, inhabitated by nomads only. One product is abundant, cattle. But the cattles meat is not always easy to sell on european markets, because of its poor quality. The United Arab Republic shows much interest in this cheap meat. But Moslems are only allowed to eat meat of animals slaughtered in their own way. Therefore, week by week from Mogadishio freighters carry living cattle as deckload to Suez. Big iron ropes and wooden planks are mounted on the decks, loads of hay are put between and then the cattle arrives. It arrives in big iron boats and the heavy monsoon swell makes loading a difficult job. The cattle, mostly bulls, are not used to moving floors and refuse to enter the big nets, but the Somali's know how to handle them. They bend their tails and sometimes bite into the tails roots and off the animal goes. In the big nets the cattle lands on the prepared decks, safe and soft is the landing, the ships planks are thick covered with screw and immediately they start feeding end chewing. It is quite a unique picture to see such a cattle ship in the harbours, instead of human passengers hundreds of cows are looking over the reeling.
Daily they get their hay and fresh water, they were kept so well, that only two of them died during the voyage through the hot Red Sea. In Suez, they stay in quarantine for some weeks and then are grown fat on the rich pastures of the Nile delta and six months later, they were sold on the market as meat.
Freight ships of 5000 tons carry about 400 heads of cattle, making walking and loading of other goods a bit difficult, but this unique method, the young Somalia is able to sell even its lowest grade of tough cattle on a good and profitable market.