EP fish prices dive 50% in Ramadan

Updated 27 July 2013

EP fish prices dive 50% in Ramadan

Residents in the Kingdom tend to buy less fish and more vegetables, chicken and red meat during Ramadan. Such a switch is causing a recession in sales, with fish prices dropping by 30 percent in Jeddah and as much as 50 percent in the Eastern Province and Riyadh.
In the Eastern Province, the price fell by 50 percent from just three weeks ago. Fish consumption also decreases due to the hot weather. Fishermen predict that prices are expected to go down even lower.
But despite weak demand and low prices, the overall price of fish continues to remain high compared to the last five years, with the price of a kilogram of hammour priced at SR50 and varying for other types of fish. Sellers, meanwhile, continue to maintain that prices are reasonable.
“Prices have been stable during this week thanks to better weather conditions,” Abdullah Matouq, a seller in the Qatif Central Market, said.
“Customers are now buying fish such as hammour and kanad, priced between SR40 and SR45 per kg. Such prices are expected to drop,” he added.
The price of fish is expected to increase at the end of the holy month and during the shrimp season because fishermen shift to catching this delicacy, Matouq said. He said that in the last two days, fish prices have dropped due to lack of demand and the fact that fishermen have increased their catch.
However, Hashem Al Bahraneh, a fisherman, said the catch these days is reasonable, “protecting prices for fishermen and consumers, but sellers are afraid of the quantities on display, which may mean that prices will increase anew.”
He said that in the summer period, prices increase for certain types of fish like kanad and nejm, but that the price of Al-Mid is lower due to sufficient supply.
“The shrimp season will be another period witnessing lower demand in fish consumption and there will be less catch, as fishermen are busy catching shrimp.”
Ali Al-Moutaweh, another seller, agreed that fish prices are affected by weather and demand. “The price of fish is subject to the weather, which means you can’t have stable prices.”
He said that bad weather conditions that affected the area in the last two months contributed to an increase in prices because of the lack of supply, adding that consumers had begun purchasing local and imported fish at low prices.
The price of hammour ranged between SR 35 and SR 50 per kg on Monday, in addition to kanad at SR 40 and sheiri at SR 25, but shrimp prices were stable at SR 40 per kg, safi at SR 52, fuskar at SR 20 and mid at SR 18.

Dr. Majdah Abdulhadi Shugdar, Saudi executive

Updated 5 min 59 sec ago

Dr. Majdah Abdulhadi Shugdar, Saudi executive

Dr. Majdah Abdulhadi Shugdar has been the general supervisor of the General Directorate of Training at the Education and Training Evaluation Commission since January 2020.

In 1989, she gained a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) and a master’s degree in the same field of study, also from KAU, in 1995.

Fifteen years later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma in research management from the University of Bradford, in the UK and in 2014, a Ph.D. in business administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University, in Wales.

Shugdar worked as a laboratory quality coordinator at the clinical laboratory and blood bank of Jeddah’s King Fahd General Hospital (KFGH) from 1997 to 2001. She also worked at KFGH as director of the total quality management (TQM) department from 2008 to 2015.

In 2004, she became the director of TQM at the Jeddah-based International Medical Center (IMC), where she successfully built a database for the automatic generation of monthly reports. She also developed IMC’s TQM and patient safety plan in coordination with US-based Cleveland Clinic.

Two years later, she moved to the Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) where she was appointed as the director of the TQM department.

From 2008 to 2015, Shugdar worked as the director of the health care accreditation department at the CBAHI and between 2015 and January 2020 was a general director assistant for health care accreditation affairs with the board.

Shugdar has represented Saudi Arabia as a speaker and chairperson at a number of international events.