Taroudant - Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries announced that the supply of sheep and goats for Eid al-Adha, which is scheduled for September 24, is enough to meet the country’s anticipated demand.
Taroudant – Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries announced that the supply of sheep and goats for Eid al-Adha, which is scheduled for September 24, is enough to meet the country’s anticipated demand.
The Ministry said in a statement that the supply of sheep and goats destined for slaughter during the coming Eid al-Adha is estimated at approximately 4.5 million animals, including male lambs, goats and ewes.
According to the National Association of Sheep and Goat Farmers, the price per kilo for sheep varies this year from 40 to 45 dirhams and between 52-54 dirhams for “Sardi race”.
The Ministry assured consumers that the health of animals is “very satisfactory” in all regions of the Kingdom through programs of surveillance and prophylactic campaigns conducted by the veterinary services under l’Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des produits Alimentaires (ONSSA) and the National Office for Food Safety.
However, some Moroccan breeders have been accused of administering weight gain pills to their sheep to fatten them before putting them on sale on the eve of Eid al-Adha.
In an attempt to ensure that all sheep and calves that will be slaughtered during Eid Aladha are healthy, Nabri Said, a veterinarian, said that veterinary services across Morocco “are making efforts to monitor the markets despite the sector’s constraints, such as the shortage in doctors and the lack of human and logistic resources.”