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Kuwait says live sheep trade vital as farmers turn on Albanese

Updated Mar 17, 2023
Kuwait has spelled out the importance of the live sheep trade to its people after a diplomatic gaffe by senior Australian bureaucrats tasked with briefing affected countries on the Albanese government’s plan to ban exports.
The Middle Eastern nation has made it clear plans to outlaw live sheep shipments and end a 60-year trade between the two countries will put a big strain on relations as well as food security. Farmers across Australia are being urged to consider protests to save the trade amid fears the ban on sheep is just the thin end of the wedge, with Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association president David Connolly blasting Agriculture Minister Murray Watt at a conference in Darwin on Friday. Kuwait’s minister for commerce and industry, Mazin Saad Al-Nahedh, wrote to Senator Watt this week about the impact of a ban on food security and the religious and cultural ramifications for his country. ...
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