Posted on August 30, 2017

Widam Food Company in association with the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) on Tuesday opened two additional livestock yards to sell subsidised sheep to citizens for Eid Al Adha.

Speaking to Qatar Tribune, the Head of Public Relations at Widam, Mousa Othman, said that the two yards opened at Shehaniya and Al Wakra will help ease pressure on the Central Market during the Eid Al Adha rush. "The move comes in the framework of the company's preparations for Eid Al Adha festival. Supported by the MEC, we are directly importing Syrian sheep through Lebanon as well as Jordan, and selling it to customers at very competitive prices. The Australian sheep can, however, be bought at the slaughter house only," Othman added.

Regarding its arrangements for slaughter and distribution of the sacrificial animals, Othman said Widam has increased the number of butchers at slaughterhouses to double their production capacity. In addition to this, an automatic slaughterhouse will be open for the public on the first and second day of Eid whereas the third day will be dedicated to the charity organisations. "We are keen to make the Eid days more convenient for consumers. We have hired more security men to regulate entrance and exit at the seven slaughterhouses across the country," he added.

Moreover, the number of vets at slaughterhouses has also been increased in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to speed up the process of testing the sheep and guarantee food safety for consumers, Othman further said. Widam assured the readiness and competence of all its seven slaughterhouses located in Central Market, Muaither, Um Salal, Al Mazroua, Shamal in addition to slaughterhouses run by the MME. The leading food company in Qatar also advised consumers not to rush in the early hours of the first day of Eid to avoid congestion, stressing that they will be extending their operating hours.

It is noteworthy that the sale of the sacrificial animals began on Tuesday and will continue until September 3. The sale at the outlet in Al Wakra will start on Wednesday (August 30) and continue till September 3. The MEC has set the sale price at QR1,100 per sheep. The ministry signed a contract with Widam Food Company to provide 12,500 Arabian sheep of Syrian origin, weighing 45 kg and above to citizens at subsidised prices.

source: Qatar Tribune