Sales of cattle for sacrifice for Eid Al-Adha have fallen significantly this year, said an official at the national federation of livestock farmers.
Speaking on this occasion, the vice-president of the federation in charge of trade and financing, Belkacem Mezroua said that according to the initial estimates of the federation, sales of animals for sacrifice for the Eid Al-Adha have dropped by almost half compared to 2019 when 06 million heads of sheep were sold against 03 million this year.
According to the same official, this drop is due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on economic activity, which has affected purchasing power of citizens during 2020 and 2021.
This situation has led many citizens to reduce their budget for sacrificial lamb, leading to an increase in prices, particularly in big cities.
The official also explained that seasonal sellers have driven up prices in major cities and coastal towns that are considered non-producing areas for cattle.
Price increases were noted in particular in Algiers, Annaba, Skikda, Bejaïa, Tipaza, Mostaganem and Oran.
In the highland provinces, prices were “more or less affordable”, ranging between DA 30,000 and DA 70,000 for cattle weighing over 65 kg.
The same official warned on the impact of drought and climate change on the activity of breeders, deploring the reduction, year after year, of the vegetation cover rate, which will become, according to him, even more difficult in the years to come if the situation continues.
Coronavirus pandemic has also caused the price of livestock feed on the international market to soar by about 300%, he explained, praising the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture in distributing barley and bran at reasonable prices to enable livestock farmers to carry on their activity normally.