prices within reach!

A few days before Eid Al-Adha, the markets for sheep and goats intended for slaughter on this occasion are reporting an abundant supply, but also price stability compared to the past year.

Indeed, for the first time in quite a while, sheep prices are stabilizing a few days before the holy feast, in a better structured market and a supply rather higher than demand.

Moreover, and as the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests has clearly specified, the supply of sheep and goats for slaughter is sufficient and largely covers demand. . As for the prices of sheep, on the souks and cattle markets, they are at the same level as those of the previous crop year.

The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior, will thus ensure close monitoring of the supply of the various markets to closely observe the prices of the animals marketed, in particular at the level of supermarkets, souks rural areas and the main points of sale in cities, as well as the monitoring of the health status of animals by the veterinary services of the National Food Safety Office (ONSSA).

El Madani, breeder for more than 30 years in Sidi Taibi, said that the price of sheep in the town and its outskirts varies, as of last Monday, between 2,200 and 3,200 DH for average quality sheep, and between 3,400 at 6,800 DH for the best quality.

In Kenitra, sales outlets abound along the old road leading to “Oulad Oujih”. Sitting on a bench in the middle of his enclosure, Mohamed, in his fifties, is surrounded by his sheep, which, grouped together in a small plot surrounded by fences, run behind each other, a flick to the left, a flick to the the right.

“Usually, in this period, I sell between 100 and 140 heads. I try to satisfy the demand by offering sheep at 2,800 DH. I consider the prices I offer to be “affordable” for small purses who want to experience the joy of Eid and sacrifice, explains this K√©nitri who invests in this market at this time of each year.

A little further, Idriss, a breeder from Casablanca, is negotiating with a potential client. At home, the prices are much higher than in Kenitra, except that his sheep are bigger and he is the breeder. “I’m a local regular. Every year, I bring back more than 3,000 sheep that I listen to on the market,” he said.

And to continue: “For the moment, I have 200 heads in this enclosure, including 150 ‘Sardis’, in this case the most prized sheep by Moroccans, which I sell according to the weight of 6,000 to 8,000 dirhams. With rather different price ranges, we are trying as best we can to satisfy the demand of buyers with whom we have forged a relationship of trust over the years”.

Across the alley, Hamid, thinks to himself “not very satisfied” of its sales for the moment and that it is counting all the more on the purchases of Moroccans residing abroad (MRE) who will surely arrive en masse this summer to spend the holidays and celebrate with the family, after two years of absence due to the Covid-19 health crisis.

On the customer side, Hafida, a 45-year-old widow who has been in charge of buying sheep since the death of her husband, confirms after several visits to the Souks that the prices are rather stable “contrary to what has been circulating on the Internet, for a quite a while”.

It is clear that this occasion of Eid Al-Adha is more than anything a boon for breeders and farmers in general to replenish their cash flow and start the next season with serenity.

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