Expectations of a Reduction in Local Animal Wealth Due to the Spread of Screw-Worm Fly
A number of goat raisers expected that the Eid Al-Adha this year will witness a drop in the quantity of the local animal wealth due to the spread of the screw-worm fly (also known as myiasis) in a number of the republic’s provinces. This disease has been recently detected in the Al-Qafr, Al-Udain, Hazm Al-Udain, Far’ Al-Udain, Hubaish, Dhi Al-Sufal, Ibb and Al-Sayyani directorates.
Reports of the field survey results affirmed that the number of districts and villages infected with the screw-worm fly have reached 63 districts and 515 villages.
2,426 animals have infected with the screw-worm fly disease and of those 2,409 were treated.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MAI) is currently carrying out an awareness and guidance campaign for animal wealth raisers to provide them with information on the treatment mechanism, methods for treating animals and preventing infections of screw-worm fly disease.
Eid Al-Adha is only a few days away and the markets in the capital secretariat as well in in the rest of the provinces throughout Yemen will become crowded with various animals bought by citizens for the Eid sacrifice.
National Yemen newspaper visited one of the most important animal markets, Noqom Market, and found that the demand for animals is still not as high as last year. When we asked about the reason, Mr. Ali Al-Mujahed, an animal trader, said, “We expect a good turnout by citizens in the coming days, however, not as before.” He said that the prices of animals vary from one market to another and from one province to another, according to the income per capita and depending on the whether or not lucrative jobs exist within the province. In some areas people are keen on buying a sacrifice for the Eid and they often compete and brag about it. Others share buying big, fat, local oxen, while others who can’t afford such things resort to buying meat by the kilo, he said.
According to our observations in the market, we have found that the average price for imported goats ranges between 17 and 18 thousand riyals, compared to 25 thousand riyals last year. The local goats’ prices range between 22 and 23 thousand riyals, while they had ranged between 35 and 40 thousand the year before. The fattened calves’ prices range between 160 and 200 thousand riyals, while last year they amounted to almost 250 thousand riyals. The local young calves’ prices range between 120 and 140 thousand riyals, while the big oxen’s prices reach up to 300 thousand riyals.