Sheep Prices Hike, Sales Zero
The exploratory round conducted by Sudan Vision daily team in sheep markets in Sajana in Khartoum revealed weak turnout on sales as we found huge number of sheep sellers waiting in their shelters made of grass for the sight of a customer however it seems as if their waiting will last for long.
Asking different sellers, we found that prices of sheep are ranging from SDG 700 for a sheep weighing 35 kilos to SDG 450-500 for a sheep weighing 18-25 kilos.
Call from Businesswomen's Association
Businesswomen's Association called on housewives not to hammer on importance of buying a sheep this Eid due to high prices exceeding citizens' income, suggesting slaughtering a sheep with buying extra amount of meat.
Secretary of the association Zeinab Hassan Mohammad called for government of Khartoum government adopt measures contributing to reduction of sheep prices so as to enable families to buy sheep in appropriate prices.
Meanwhile Head of Syndicate of Banks announced that the syndicate signed a contract with Basiqat Company in addition to National Bank of Workers to bring 45 thousand head of sheep to be distributed to different syndicates in lower prices.
General Secretary of Consumer Protection Association Yasir Merghani described high prices of sheep as unreasonable, advising consumers not to buy sheep in more than SDG 400. He unveiled the association will support particular specific groups in society to buy sheep in lower prices. He added that the association signed agreement with producers to sell a kilo in SDG 13 the thing means that a sheep weighing 30 kilos should be sold in SDG 400.
Number of sheep sellers told Sudan Vision that increasing exports of sheep are behind price hike in addition to high prices of fodder and high government fees.
Veterinarian Adel Mohammad Ali told us that high taxes, increasing exports in addition to expensive fodder can be considered the main reasons behind current hike. He added that absence of veterinary care in different areas where people breed sheep can be ascribed to highness of prices of animal medicines, adding that a sheep price is ranging from SDG 700 to 500.
Mohammad Abdul Majid who sells sheep in Al-Sajana told us that he sells Kabashi and Hamri sheep brought from Kurdufan, explaining that the main obstacles hindering their trade are high cost of transport, high taxes and other government fees. He told that the prices range from SDG 800 to 400, adding that he won't sell a sheep in a price less than these.
Number of citizens interviewed by Sudan Vision said that they will not give up sacrifices. Amna Taha whose husband works in a governmental institution said that despite their low income, they decided not to give up buying a sheep this Eid, adding that happiness of Eid is strongly tied with the sacrifice.
Dyia Addin al Tayeb said that sheep prices are extremely high compared with last year, adding that he doesn't believe in negative impact of increasing exports on sheep prices.
Mohammad Khalid told us that current prices are unreasonable, criticizing imposition of high government fees on sheep, adding that quality of low-price sheep is always inappropriate, expressing his intention not to buy a sheep this year if he finds himself compelled to buy a low-quality sheep in lower price, calling on concerned parties to reduce taxes and fees imposed on sheep.
By Haram – Ibrahim – Amani, 02/11/2011