The ministry of commerce and industry (MCI) recently began a media campaign in which it claimed to control meat prices during the Holy Month of Ramadan and stressed that consumers and citizens had nothing to worry about.
However, those promises were soon violated by some merchants who have never respected any laws MCI made.
The funny thing is that all the vibrant statements by MCI about meat prices were made for propaganda reasons, since the ‘honorable’ ministry had announced that meat prices would be set at a maximum of KD 1.5 per kilo, but the fact is that many butchers and meat vendors have been refusing to sell meat by the kilo and insist on selling either half or whole sheep, which violates MCI regulations.
Even when any of them sold meat by the kilo, they would charge KD 3 per kilo.
The people are so let down.
MCI should have watched butchers and meat vendors more closely before Ramadan, especially those located within Coops and those in Shuwaikh industrial area.
It should have been more strict with them and taken all needed measures against them to stop their violations.
The situation is very bad and calls for immediate intervention by MCI to rescue the people from this greed.
Even the hotline set up by MCI to receive all complaints seems to be useless, as many complaints have already been made about meat prices, yet received no responses.
I wish MCI had activated its control tools the way it had when people complained about paying service fees in various restaurants.
I believe the minister, himself, should go out onto the streets to see for himself how butchers are selling meat. (Al-Anbaa)
By: Khaled Al-Arafah
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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