CAIRO: The Ministry of Agriculture has started preparations for Eid al-Adha by importing large amounts of cattle and tightening measures in livestock markets and veterinary quarantines.
Officials of the General Organization for Veterinary Services, one of the ministry’s bodies, are on high alert for the holiday season, in which Muslims slaughter animals and distribute meat to the poor in a practice associated with Eid al-Adha.
Youssef Mamdouh, head of Quarantine Department, said that the ministry imported in total more than 82,000 heads of livestock: 11,000 calves from Ethiopia and Brazil, 65,000 camels from Sudan and Djibouti, and 6,000 more calves from Sudan and Hungary are expected within days.
The ministry also imported 49.7 tons of frozen meat, 21,000 tons of poultry from Brazil, and 15,672 tons of fish from Vietnam, Norway and Indonesia, Mamdouh added.
Authorities are working to protect the Egyptian livestock from incoming diseases by importing from disease-free countries, he said, adding that the ministry also took a number of actions to increase control over the meat, poultry and fish markets and strengthen measures against selling meat or poultry that is spoiled or expired.