Sheep are imported from 16 border points and quarantine is mandatory before they are placed on the market.

Some time ago, the process of importing sheep from abroad, especially from Spain, began to meet the high demand for sheep in the run-up to Eid al-Adha, given the limitation of the national livestock.
The process of importing livestock from foreign markets is subject to strict conditions and legal regulations, especially for those wishing to benefit from government support, estimated at 500 dirhams per head of sheep.

In this context, the National Food Safety Office, known as “ONSSA”, has intensified surveillance and monitoring operations of imported livestock, which are obligatorily quarantined for at least 14 days in special farms before being placed on the market.

According to ONSSA, the process of importing live animals and their reproductive products is not without health risks for the national livestock, due to the possibility of introducing pathogenic germs into the national territory through import operations, thus leading to serious socio-economic consequences.

The objective of health surveillance provided for by Law No. 24-89, at border control points open for the importation of animals and their products, is to ensure their compliance with the requirements of health standards.

In Morocco, there are 16 border control points open to export and import in accordance with legal texts, and health surveillance is carried out by veterinarians of the National Food Safety Office.

After checking the documents and the identification of the sheep, and their examination, only those which meet the national sanitary conditions are allowed to enter, otherwise those which do not meet the required sanitary conditions are rejected or slaughtered and disposed of.

Certain animal species such as cattle, sheep and goats are subject to quarantine to carry out all the necessary health examinations to detect their health status and ensure their safety and freedom from diseases.

This health surveillance is carried out either in the port enclosures, or in enclosures previously approved for this purpose by the veterinary authorities of the National Food Safety Office.

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