In a bid to promote local sheep production and control the price of sheep during Eid al-Adha, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), in co-operation with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and Widam Food Company, have announced the subsidised sheep prices initiative.
The sale of sheep will begin today (Dhu al-Hijjah 3) and continue until August 13 (Dhu al-Hijjah 12), the third day of Eid al-Adha.
A MoCI statement said an agreement was signed with Widam Food Company in order to ensure a supply of 9,000 sheep of Arab origin (local and Syrian). A total of 2,500 local sheep (Arab Awassi) with a weight of 35kg and above will be available for buyers at QR1,000 each, whereas 6,500 Syrian sheep with a weight of 40kg and above will available for QR950.
The sheep will be sold through Widam Food Company at various locations including Central Market and other Widam slaughterhouses at Al Shamal, Al Khor, Al Mazrouah, Umm Salal, Al Shahaniya and Al Wakrah. Home delivery services will be also available.
According to the terms of the initiative, sheep will be sold to each Qatari citizen who presents a valid ID card. The buyer should be at least 20 years old (born in 1999 or later) and he will have the right to purchase only one sheep.
As per figures, released by the MoCI, local sheep supply to the subsidised sheep initiative during the Ramadan increased from 293 in 2017 to 2,819 in 2018 and 6,421 in 2019.
The supply of local sheep during Eid al-Adha initiative in 2018 stood at 1,080.