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Prices of sacrificial animals to remain affordable on Eid al-Adha

Around 30,000 sheep will be imported from Jordan, scheduled to arrive via Iraq next week, building on the recent arrival of about 800 heads in the past few days.

  • The Iranian Shafali sheep is priced between 75 and 90 dinars, whereas the local and Saudi Nuaimi sheep will cost 120 dinars.

  • With new sheep arrivals from Jordan and Saudi Arabia, this year’s prices of sacrificial animals are lower than before.

As Eid al-Adha approaches, the country is seeing efforts on multiple fronts to manage the typically high prices of sacrificial animals. Indications suggest that prices will be affordable and suitable for everyone this season.

Faisal Al-Ansari, the Director of the Commercial Control Department at the Ministry of Commerce, revealed to Al-Rai newspaper that “the ministry’s emergency team made extensive visits to all sheep markets and auctions to monitor prices according to a plan it prepared to identify price trends and catch those who try to exploit consumers during the sacrificial season.”

Meanwhile, a sheep merchant, Manawer Al-Wawan, announced the import of approximately 30,000 sheep from Jordan, which will arrive via Iraq next week, following the arrival of about 800 heads during the past few days.

Al-Ansari pointed out that “auctions are considered the main source of sheep, so the emergency team monitors the sales movement at auctions. From there, the prices of the sacrifices are studied, which are considered appropriate so far. The price of the Iranian Shafali ranges between 75 and 90 dinars, while the local and Saudi Nuaimi reaches 120 dinars.”

In turn, Al-Wawan told Al-Rai that “everyone can buy a sacrificial animal according to their financial ability, including Australian, Somali, and Shafali, up to the local Nuaimi.”

He stressed that “the season continues until Eid Al-Adha, after which the prices of sheep will decrease further for several reasons, including the lack of events and the travel of many people in the summer.”

In turn, sheep trader Suleiman Al-Musafer expressed his optimism about the recovery of the market and the fall in prices with the arrival of new batches of sheep from Jordan and Saudi Arabia. He pointed out that “the prices in the sacrificial market this year are appropriate and lower than in previous years.”

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