KUWAIT: As Eid Al-Adha approaches, prices of sheep is getting higher causing a big dent in the citizens’ wallets, hence, they called on concerned authorities to control these prices within a reasonable limit.
In separate interviews, the citizens complained that there was an unjustified rise in sheep prices this Eid Al-Adha, which literally means ‘Festival of the sacrifice’ in Arabic. For this reason, buying sheep for sacrifice was a common preparation among all families.
Saad Al-Senafi said people would not be able to perform this Islamic ritual and purchase overly-priced sheep due to some traders’ exploitation. “If you walk around the market, you will notice the absence of any control over prices,” he added.
Meanwhile, Abdulkareem Al-Turki shockingly said “It is impossible to comprehend that a sheep that weighs less than 20 kilograms is sold for KD 130.” He added that prices would even go higher, as the Eid came closer.
On his part, Nayef Al-Daihani said it was natural that prices got higher since the supply of sheep in the market was low; thus, some traders took advantage of this “supply and demand” situation, especially in the absence of any price control.
Fahad Salmeen suggested that the best solution to curb the rise in prices was to create a penalizing system and flooding the market with cattle. Ali Al-Hamli said that he resorted to charitable organizations to buy sheep where he had to pay a small amount of money that did not exceed KD 25.
Sheep traders, on their part, said that the rise of prices was not only limited to Kuwait, but it also affected various countries. The type, size, weight and the breeding of sheep are another determining factors of their prices. — KUNA