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‘Boycott red meat’ call draws mixed reactions
August 29, 2015, 9:55 am

Former Chairperson of Kuwait Farmers Livestock Association Ayed Al-Nisafi has voiced objection to calls for boycotting red meat due to high price through the social communication media, especially this time when the Eid Al- Adha is fast approaching. In a recent interview, Al-Nisafi pointed out the call for boycotting red meat is unjustified because the current price of livestock in the local market is not high; indicating it is lower than the price during Ramadan.

He said the prices of big local sheep range from KD 80 and below, while that of the small sheep is not more than half of the price of the big sheep. He asserted the local market has abundant supply of livestock from various countries in addition to the locally- bred livestock, so the price for a big sheep does not exceed KD 40.

On the other hand, Chairman of Kuwait Union for Livestock Breeders Mohammad Saleh Al- Bughaili said the recent call for boycotting fish was warranted, contrary to the call for boycotting red meat (livestock). He argued the price of local fish was actually very high although the fishing process is not that costly since all a person needs is a fishing vessel and diesel which is subsidized by the government.

However, when it comes to livestock, the breeders spend their money on fodder, in addition to the time and effort in taking care of the livestock which could take more than a year. Unlike fish, livestock breeders have the right to sell their products based on the amount they spent in nurturing the animals, so the prices may range from KD 60 to KD 80 for local breed, Al- Bughaili explained. He added that although the price of locally-bred livestock may appear expensive, it is considered cheap compared to those bred in other countries including Palestine.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of Kuwait Fresh Dairy Product Union AbdulHakeem Al-Ahmad believes the calls for boycotting red meat will not hold water. He explained livestock breeders can hold on to their products until things are resolved; but the fish vendors must sell their products within a day or two, so the boycott forced them to drop prices to avoid incurring more losses. He asserted there is no justification in raising the price of Zubaidi to as much as KD 15 per kilogram, considering the cost of fishing is very low and it is even subsidized for fishermen – a situation totally different from that of the livestock breeders and the process they go through in raising their animals.

Meanwhile, the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) is ready to distribute sacrificial sheep to 62 countries worldwide during this year’s Eid Al- Adha through its overseas offices and 153 charitable societies in the beneficiary countries, reports Al- Seyassah daily. Director General of the organization Salem Hamada declared that the project conforms to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to put smiles on the faces of the poor and victims of natural disasters.

He said the philanthropists feel obliged to make Muslims across the world happy during the Eid Al-Adha festivities amid the ongoing bloodletting in Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, Central Africa, and Somalia, adding that the philanthropists believe the poor and needy families in all parts of the world anticipate this seasonal charity to delight their hearts and alleviate their sufferings.

Hamada revealed that the price of one sheep is different from one country to another. While it costs around KD25 – KD100 in Arab countries, it costs about KD15 – KD45 in Africa, KD15 – KD60 in Asia and around KD 45-KD 70 in Balkans and Turkey. A sheep costs KD60 in Bahrain and KD100 in Palestine. Indicating that importing frozen canned sacrificial sheep costs KD25, he explained that distributing sheep costs between KD6 – KD70 in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan and Palestine, KD35 in Yemen, KD58 in Iraq, KD43 in Myanmar and KD70 in the refugee camps for Syrians in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Source: Arab Times

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