The subsidised sheep price initiative has been announced by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and Widam Food Company in an effort to encourage local sheep production and regulate the cost of sheep during Eid al-Adha.
The move is part of the joint national initiative to promote subsidised prices of sheep meat. The sale of sheep started on Sunday and will continue until August 13. An agreement was reached with Widam Food Company to ensure supply of 9,000 sheep of Arab origin (local and Syrian), reported Qatar Tribune.
The ministry has set the price of local sheep (Arab Awassi) weighing 35 kg and above at QR1,000 (2,500 heads) and Syrian sheep weighing 40 kg and above at QR950 (6,500 heads). A MoCI statement said that sheep will be sold through Widam Food Company at a number of locations such as the central market and other Widam slaughterhouses in Al Shamal, Al Khor, Al Mazrouah, Umm Salal, Al Sheehaniya, and Al Wakra. Home delivery services will also be available.
According to the terms of the initiative, sheep will be sold to each Qatari citizen who shall present a valid ID card. The buyer should be at least 20-year old (born in 1999 or later) and shall have the right to purchase only one sheep. This will ensure the availability of sheep for the targeted segment.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in coordination with Widam Food Company, is prohibiting the sale of underweight sheep. Sheep that do not conform to specifications and slaughter conditions, or have incompatible weights and sizes as agreed upon with the ministry will not be sold.
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