KUWAIT CITY, April 16: As the holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching and in light of the current coronavirus crisis, as well as the declaration of one public holiday after another and the curfew; the price of sheep in the country has increased to unprecedented limits, especially after the intervention of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry which set the prices and the decision to ban the purchase of sheep from the sheep market in Al-Rai as part of the directive to prohibit auctions.
The decision of the ministry led to the creation of a black market where citizens are forced to deal with the sellers as they have no other option after they were prevented from buying from the sheep market.
A number of sheep owners boldly informed the daily about the prices of their sheep, striking the ministry’s price list. The price of a three month- old local Al-Naimi sheep exceeds KD110 instead of KD95 in the price list of the ministry, while the six-month-old sheep is being sold at KD125 instead of KD115.
Commenting on the decision of the ministry, official sources from the ministry revealed this decision does not deter the erring owners of sheep in the black market; as it rather led to a remarkable price hike. Sources pointed out that this defeats the purpose of the decision – to compel citizens and expatriates to buy only the meat they need, instead of sheep