MELBOURNE, Feb 10 (Bernama) — Australia’s Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will visit the Middle East to try to restart live sheep exports to two countries in the region.
Australia has not exported sheep to Bahrain since it rejected 20,000 for having scabby mouth in 2012.
A boycott imposed 30 years ago has prevented exports to Iran.
The West Australian newspaper on Monday reported that the government has been in talks with both countries to resume exports, with Iran said to want 1.3 million sheep a year and Bahrain up to 400,000.
“I’d be very disappointed if we hadn’t made a breakthrough before the end of the financial year,” Joyce told the newspaper.
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