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KUWAIT CITY, July 24: The prices of sheep on the eve of Eid al-Adha varied from one market to another and some say this is linked to the stagnation of the ‘travel market’ and the forced need for many citizens and residents to spend the Eid holiday inside Kuwait. When the Al-Seyassah daily paid a visit to the Al-Rai Sheep Market next to the Iranian furniture market, and monitored the sheep market movement discovered what it called a fl uctuation in prices unlike the last year. The consumers expressed their satisfaction in terms of prices and the sellers ensured that the prices are affordable for everyone, pointing to big discounts for those who bought more than one sacrifice animal.
Kuwaiti Abdul Salam Al-Sha’alan expressed his satisfaction with the prices this season, indicating that the difference is noticeable between this and last year prices. Al-Sha’alan said he bought a local sheep for 120 dinars and said he bought a similar sheep last year for the same price, which indicates the corona pandemic did not affect livestock sales in any way. Another Kuwaiti, who identified himself as Bu Abdullah said the price of sheep on the Day of Arafat decreased by 20 dinars. He added the local Kuwaiti sheep was the best buy, followed by the Saudi and then the Jordanian, while only a few opted for the Australian sheep for sacrifice.
Outside the market, the daily met Kuwaiti Abu Muhammad, who had come to the market to sell what he called his ‘homegrown’ sheep and he said he sold each animal for 100 dinars and advised citizens to raise sheep in the compounds of their homes or on the roofs of the houses or in their gardens. Sheep seller, Muhammad Mulla, said this year’s prices are not high, and that the local sheep is sold at a price ranging from 120 to 160 dinars, the Saudi price is approximately the same, and the Jordanian and Australian sheep fetched between 80 and 100 dinars, and explained the prices varied according to the weight of the sheep, then again the prices varied from one trader to another. By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah, Arab Times Staff