Director of Public Relations Department of Widam Food Company, Musa Ahmed Al Othman, has said that the initiative to support meat prices during the month of Ramadan began on Saturday in five abattoirs, as the demand for meat increases during the month.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) decided to support prices during this period to support the needs of citizens and to ensure price stability as well. Speaking to Qatar Radio recently, Al Othman explained that the initiative started four days ago and is continuing in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), as sheep were provided in 5 areas — Al Wakrah, Al Shamal, Al Khor, Umm Salal and Al Shahaniya.
The selling process takes place in the morning at all the slaughterhouses, he said. On the number of sheep that have been allocated, he said according to the MoCI, about 30,000 local and imported sheep have been provided to be sold at subsidised and reduced prices to citizens.
MoCI said in a statement recently that the price for local sheep weighing 30 to 35 kilogrammes was set at QR1,000. Syrian sheep with the same weight will cost QR950.
There are an extra QR16 riyal for cutting and wrapping the meat, and another QR34 for the workers. Regarding the precautionary measures, Al Othman said all slaughterhouses and workers are obligated to take precautionary measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as workers are examined periodically, and they are obliged to wear masks and head protectors while following sterilisation procedures.
The requirements also include having workers wash their hands regularly, measuring the temperature of customers.