2.5m animals sold in Saudi Arabia during hajj

Muslims slaughter animals on Eid al-Adha or the “Feast of Sacrifice” to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. (Shutterstock)

Over 2.5 million animals were sold in Saudi Arabia during this year’s Haj season, according to Suleiman Bin Al-Jabri, chairman of the Livestock Traders’ Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).

Al-Jabri said his company imported 1 million animals during the pilgrimage season and a further 200,000 from reserve farms in Makkah. “A significant number of animals were received by the Jeddah Islamic Port before Eid Al-Adha, with the coordination of Saudi Livestock Traders Committee at JCCI and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture,” he said.

Al-Jabri added that his company has to fulfill the needs of the markets in various regions of the Kingdom in order to maintain stable livestock prices.

“We supply full-contracted quantities of animals under the supervision of the Islamic Development Bank and, because of this, prices of livestock will remain at their regular levels during the coming period,” he said.

Al-Jabri praised the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture to allocate facilities that allow importers and traders to import such large quantities of livestock.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43