For the sixth consecutive year, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has announced the launch of its initiative of selling subsidised sheep to Qataris ahead of Eid al-Adha.
The MEC has said in a statement that the process of selling such sheep will start on August 14 and continue until August 23, coinciding with the third day of Eid al-Adha.
Live sheep will be sold to adult Qataris through Widam Food Company outlets at the Central Market, Madinat Al Shamal, Umm Slal Central Market and the Al Khor slaughterhouse.
Every Qatari citizen aged 20 years or above is entitled to one live sheep to be obtained by producing his or her Qatar ID to guarantee that the subsidised items reach the targeted persons, the statement notes.
The ministry has asked Widam to provide 12,500 heads of local and Arabic live sheep to be sold to Qataris at subsidised rates. The price of local live sheep of 40kg or above is set at QR1,200 as part of this initiative, while Arabic sheep of 45kg or above will cost QR1,100.
In addition, the MEC has co-ordinated with Widam to sell only good-quality sheep that comply with the conditions and standards specified for sacrificial animals, and should also be in accordance with the stipulated weights. Besides, the sheep should be properly looked after and kept in well-maintained barns.
The ministry has stressed that it will conduct intensive search campaigns to ensure the implementation of the initiative in line with the rules and regulations. This will be done from the first until the last day of the campaign - August 14-23.