At a press conference held Wednesday at the Headquarters of the Department of Trade and Tourism, Habib Dimassi, Director General of Domestic Trade said that about 900,000 head of cattle will be slaughtered on the occasion of Eid el Idha, against 830,000 in 2010.
It should be noted that Tunisians sacrifice between 800 thousand and 1.2 million head of cattle. The local market provides most of the sheep sacrificed while a small portion is imported from Algeria.
He also said that preparations for supply are well underway and the concerned department is working with the Department of Agriculture to fix reference prices, and this according to offer. He also said that economic operators have reiterated their commitment to supply cattle to Libya.
Regarding economic control, about 3,100 offenses have been identified by economic control officers, coming under the Ministry of Trade after 28,100 visits.
He said efforts are stepped up to further strengthen the control of products through 18 teams in the capital.
As for the market supply of milk and mineral water, he said that from the next week, the ministry will import 3 million liters of milk to mitigate the shortage recorded in this product on the market, which is estimated in this period at nearly 10%.
It was also decided to increase the supply of milk, through weekly injection of 1.5 million liters in the market, drawing on the strategic stock.
He also recalled that there is no problem with egg production, since the latter is estimated at 136 to 140 million eggs during the month of October.
Responding to a question about the causes of shortage of milk, he said that this lack is due to illegal sales on the Libyan market in autumn, also explaining it by the frenzy of purchases of food products including dairy fueled by rumors circulating about possible disruption of market supply ahead of the October 23, 2011 election.
“Large amounts of milk are sold illegally in Libya. Currently, a pack of milk is sold at the Tunisian-Libyan border between 1.5 and 2 dinars,” he said.
As for Fethi Fadhli, Director General of Competition and Economic Research, he said that the Ministry has recently started negotiations with professionals concerning the fight against illegal sales and the increase in prices of eggs and milk.