Morocco will import 600,000 heads of sheep ahead of the Festival of Sacrifice

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Published Apr 18, 2024

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In response to a severe drought impacting Morocco's agriculture and livestock, the Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, Mohamed Sadiki, has announced the government's plan to import up to one million sheep, starting with an initial 600,000, to meet the demand for the upcoming Muslim Festival of 'Aid al-Adha' in June. To support this initiative and protect the national livestock, the government is offering a subsidy of 500 dirhams per head for importers who bring in at least 1,000 sheep. This decision aims to alleviate the effects of the drought that has significantly reduced cultivated areas and affected autumn and winter crops, vegetation, and grasslands, while ensuring the Festival of Sacrifice, a key event generating substantial income for the rural economy, can proceed smoothly with nearly 8 million animals traditionally sacrificed.
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The Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, Mohamed Sadiki, said this Tuesday that the government authorized the importation of 600,000 heads of sheep and does not rule out increasing the figure to one million animals to respond to the demand that is skyrocketing in the face of the Muslim Festival of "Aid al-Adha" sacrifice, scheduled for next June. In his appearance before the House of Councilors (upper part of the Moroccan Parliament), the Moroccan minister noted that the Government increased the number of imported cattle for this year from 300,000 to 600,000 and said which, if necessary, up to one million heads will be imported. Furthermore, Sadiki recalled that the Government recently decreed a bonus of 500 dirhams (46 euros) per head in favor of importers of sheep on condition that they import a minimum of 1,000 heads. The Moroccan minister considered the import as a necessary measure to protect national livestock in the face of the harsh drought that the country is suffering and ...
Source: Agrodiario
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