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Omanis launch a campaign to boycott animal feed due to the greed of merchants | A nation is tweeting out of tune

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Social networking sites prevailed in the Sultanate of Oman, a wave of widespread anger among the class of animal keepers. Due to the high price of animal feed.

The Omani trend published a hashtag on Twitter with the title “Boycott of Animal Feed Oman”, in which the affected Prime Time Zone expressed their anger and started a boycott campaign. Feed so that the companies operating on it reduce their prices.

Many Omanis expressed solidarity with the breeders, and they tweeted by tagging, calling on the government to intervene and solve a crisis, this large group in society. It underpins a large part of the national economy.

Through the hashtag, Obaid Al-Wahaibi tweeted in solidarity: “It seems that the owners of livestock have agreed to boycott the fodder due to the continuous increase in its prices.”

He continued: “We hope that the companies will reduce the price to achieve the benefit of both parties, the producer and the consumer.”

Suhail bin Nasser Al-Nahdi considered that the increase in feed prices is not justified, and that the livestock keepers’ tendency to boycott these companies will incur heavy losses.

He explained: “There are many alternatives to the produced fodder. The halal owner will go to it, God willing, to be the alternative until the prices return to normal.

For his part, Zahir Al-Salihi supported this step and considered boycotting a civilized method, and the peaceful weapon of the Prime Time Zone to demand the government to intervene. In deterrence to those who have taken advantage of consumer silence under the pretext of the global crisis and high prices. Let us all join hands to boycott the company. ”

While Ahmed Al-Kharousi sent a message to the owners of these companies and said: “To the owners of the companies: (Be merciful to those on earth, and those in the sky will have mercy on you).”

Another activist posted a video clip from the “Ibn Raafit” factory, which he described as a “loyal patriot”, where he kept the price of the feed as it is.

It is noteworthy that, last January, the Consumer Protection Authority said that it is following with interest what is circulating on social media. That the suppliers raised the prices of some animal feed due to the increase in the prices of raw materials on the international grain market.

The authority confirmed that it continuously monitors the situation of grain prices on the world markets in coordination with the concerned authorities.

Consumer Protection called on the suppliers to adhere to and not to exploit this situation.

And she assured that any transgression is against the law.

Cattle owners raise the price of fodder

And under this title he wrote Salem bin Najim bin Mohammed Al Badi An article in which he touched upon the crisis of suddenly raising the prices of fodder in the Sultanate of Oman, describing what is happening as a silent crisis.

Al-Badi said in his article that livestock owners are experiencing a silent crisis after suddenly raising the prices of fodder. Perhaps the fodder production companies have been infected with the high prices and taxes, and their ready argument is the high prices of the raw materials from which the feed is made.

As Al-Badi says, this rise in prices has doubled the suffering of livestock owners with the scarcity of rain and drought that afflicted the pastures, and the losses they incur doubled. And their feeling that no one cares about their affairs, despite the importance of this sector to the national economy and to livestock owners: financially and morally. They inherited the profession of raising sheep, camels and cows.

Ranching

And as one of them said when asked: Why does he not give up raising livestock with the high financial cost: “We are left with our livelihood, including our livelihood, which we have like children. Or a family member, and we raise it with love and passion ”. And here we only have sympathy for the likes of this from the owners of cattle.

The Omani researcher wondered, is there an accurate census of the number of livestock in the Sultanate? Is there a role for the competent authorities in the country to support livestock owners? Why are some feeds not supported? Is there any control over feed prices? When the price of a bundle of dry grass in the winter reaches two riyals, the reason is that it grows slowly in the cold. It was possible to expand its cultivation in the summer in large quantities, then store it, and find appropriate solutions to ration water consumption during irrigation. As he says.

Its prices are always high, and it is rare in some states, and it is sold outside the Sultanate, while large quantities of it are imported. From other countries such as the United States of America and Sudan, and huge quantities of fodder are also imported; Like a spouse. And fodder and barley from the UAE, and the prices of imported fodder are lower than the prices of fodder produced in Sultanate.

Feed factories

He also asked .. Why is not investing in feed production plants on a large scale in order to achieve self-sufficiency? Provided that the prices of locally produced fodder are lower than the prices of imported fodder?

He added, “We have lands that can be used to grow fodder. Like the Al Batinah coast, instead of renting farms to expatriates who scramble the land. Corruption and sabotage of uncontrolled irrigation, and excessive use of harmful fertilizers, these practices lead to salinity and exhaustion of agricultural land.

And the land of Najd that can be cultivated with animal feed, and the use of wheat residues as animal fodder, if we know that even hay is imported from outside the Sultanate. As he says.

He pointed out that there is an imbalance in the care of livestock, adding: “The livestock owners wish to find suitable solutions to their continuing, complex and silent suffering. And we dream that we have an abundance of local meats and dairy in the markets; In place of meat imported from around the world. Prices are reasonable. The livestock owners hope that the companies producing animal feed will refrain from raising prices in these difficult economic conditions, so that they do not have to buy feed from the markets of neighboring countries.

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