Prices of Goats, Sheep Go up by 30 Per Cent

RAS AL KHAIMAH - The prices of sheep and goats in Ras Al Khaimah have increased by around 30 per cent over the past few days.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail

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Published: Wed 29 Jul 2009, 12:08 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:03 PM

A 10kg goat is now being sold at Dh400, instead of Dh300 last month, and a sheep of the same weight, which cost Dh500 last month, is being sold at Dh650.

Traders at the livestock market in RAK have increased prices due to a decline in imports.Traders have increased the prices arbitrarily in violation of the terms they had agreed on with the Ministry of Economy last month, which called for fixed prices of animals till the end of the holy month of Ramadan, said Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Consumer Protection Department at the ministry.

Some livestock traders have attributed the hike to the increased costs of transportation and fodder from other countries. Besides, some animals perished in the current hot conditions.

Abbas Mohseen Noordin, a Pakistani livestock trader, said, “‘The decline in imports of Somali sheep and goats due to the instabilities in that country and the decrease in the Syrian animal imports due to their high prices have led to the shortage of livestock in the markets and increase in the prices.”

Mohammed Arif, another trader, said the prices have increased because of the increased cost of transportation of animals from different countries. “The transportation of a goat from Iran to Ras Al Khaimah market costs Dh15. Feeding these animals for almost two weeks while in the markets before they are bought is an additional expenditure given the increased cost of fodder,”said Arif.

Abdullah Najib, another trader, said the high temperatures this year have affected the goats and sheep and some have died.

“Some traders jacked up the prices of their animals to compensate for the losses they have incurred,” said Najib.

Mohammed Ahmed, a regular sheep customer, said he was surprised to find the prices of sheep increased when he visited the livestock market on Saturday. “Animal traders tend to increase the prices of animals especially when the holy month of Ramadan approaches as the demand for animals always increases.

This has on many occasions affected us,” he added.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com



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