Intense anger reigns among professionals in the red meat sector in Casablanca’s urban slaughterhouses, following the government’s recent decision to ban the slaughter of dairy cows under the age of four, with the aim of continuing to provide milk.
Professionals recorded that the aforementioned government decision is vague, since it did not specify the breeds of cows that are prohibited from slaughtering. They fear that avoiding the slaughter of cows will increase the price of red meat, which has now reached 80 dirhams per kilogram, and is likely to rise with this decision.
Youssef Al-Walaja, deputy secretary general of red meat vendors in the Casablanca-Settat region, revealed to “Al-Youm 24” that the decision is a kind of confusion and may further deepen the purchasing power crisis among citizens. .
And he mentioned, in light of the drought, meat has become more than 80 dirhams, with the recent decision of the government, it can become 130 dirhams per kilogram.
He pointed out that the demand has become more than the supply, and these are the results of the green plan, professionals incur heavy losses and wonder what this plan has given them.
He added that with the aforementioned government decision, professionals will resort to the massive slaughter of sheep, but with the repercussions of the drought, it is possible that they will also be prevented from doing so.
The Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Muhammad Siddiqui, explained last Monday that the decision refers only to the “wheels” of dairy breeds, explaining that the government has allocated financial support to farmers to support milk, within the limits of four thousand dirhams for the farmer.
The government has previously linked this decision to a desire to create a kind of balance between red meat and milk, which has been in short supply recently as a result of several factors, the main one being the lack of rainfall in the last agricultural season.
The official government spokesman, Mustafa Paytas, assured in previous statements that the national herd, on which large sums were spent, should not be lost in the conditions it lives in, dictated by the lack of rainfall, and reflected on its yield of red meat as well as in milk production.