Subsidizing Livestock Feed for Affordable Sheep Prices: A Solution for Tabaski Festivities

2023-06-24 23:18:38

Matam, June 24 (APS) – The president of the Maison des éleveurs in the region of Matam (north), Abdoulaye Demba Diallo, pleaded on Saturday for livestock feed to be subsidized at least once a year, “three months before Tabaski”, so that households could afford sheep “at affordable prices”.

Tabaski or Aïd-el-Adha, commonly known as the feast of the sheep, is an opportunity for Muslims to commemorate Abraham’s sacrifice each year.

“Herders in the region have problems buying cattle feed, because of the high price. We invite the authorities to subsidize it at least once a year, three months before Tabaski, so that the sheep are sold at affordable prices,” he said in an interview with APS.

Without subsidies, “we cannot have sheep within everyone’s reach”, underlined the president of the Maison des éleveurs de Matam, especially since livestock feed has come to be expensive, as well as the water supply to farmers.

“At the moment, more than 1,800 sheep have left the region for Dakar” and the needs of the Tabaski festival. “Many are waiting for the last three days to leave the area,” said Mr. Diallo, before inviting his colleagues not to worry too much about the political and social situation in the country, in reference to the violence noted at the beginning June, following the sentencing of opponent Ousmane Sonko to two years in prison for “youth corruption”.

“Peace has returned”, assures the president of the Maison des éleveurs de Matam on this subject.


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