Kingdom imports 3 million sheep and camels for Haj

Updated 31 July 2015

Kingdom imports 3 million sheep and camels for Haj

JEDDAH: Saudi importers of cattle said the Haj season this year will not see an increase in the price of livestock due to the stability of the local market and the available supply.
There are also guarantees from exporting countries that required quantities are available.
Fahd Al-Salmi, one of the largest importers of cattle in the local market, said more than 3 million sheep and camels will be imported during the Haj and Eid Al-Adha season, with the majority being sheep due to the preferences of pilgrims.
He said the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) imports nearly 1 million head of livestock, while local importers bring in another 2 million. These numbers cover the demand during Haj and create price stability in the market.
He said exporting countries, such as Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti, guarantee that supply is available to meet the demand during Haj and that there are no problems or shortages.
Most pilgrims prefer barbary sheep, a larger breed that costs only about SR500 per animal.
“The local market also has enough strategic reserves in local farms, including Al-Hari, Al-Najdi and Al-Rafeedi breeds, and there will be no increase in prices,” Al-Salmi said.
“Prices of domestic sheep vary between SR1,000 and SR1,700, depending on the size and type,” he said.
Meanwhile, another importer said the Haj season usually saw an increase in demand for livestock, especially imported kinds.
“The Kingdom provides the needed supply during Haj via the IDB’s Adahi program ... This ensures prices and supply are compatible and available for all.”
Mohammed Al-Mateeri said he hoped prices of livestock would remain constant and stable during the Haj season.
“We see an increase in the prices annually during this period, and we hope that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will monitor the matter and prohibit traders from raising prices dramatically.”


Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

Updated 14 August 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 262,959
  • A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 35 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,383 new cases of the disease on Friday.

Of the new cases, 81 were recorded in Makkah, 77 in Hail, 69 in Jeddah and 63 in Riyadh.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 262,959 after 2,566 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

On Thursday, the health ministry announced Saudi Arabia had conducted more than 4 million COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests since the beginning of the outbreak.