Mohamed Elsayed-Cairo

With the approach of Eid al-Adha, the "Madbah" market in El-Sayeda Zeinab area, Cairo governorate, is waiting for the arrival of expatriates whether to buy sacrifices or to buy meat in general.

Al-Jazeera Net has monitored the market's preparations, the extent of citizens' appetite for buying meat and their prices as well as livestock, and the stagnation in the sale and purchase movement, which worried traders and began to recall the activity of Eid al-Adha seasons in previous years.

Thousands of calves and sheep crowd the market and alleys, and meat sales are rampant everywhere, but most visitors only ask about prices without buying, which has alarmed all traders and butchers.

"The market this year is very weak compared to last year in terms of the appetite for buying," said Sayed Abdel Rahim, the butcher of the market. He attributed the rise in prices to weak purchasing power of citizens.

He added that citizens do not have money to buy meat, the price of lamb now reached 120 pounds per kilogram (dollar = 16.50 pounds).

According to Sayed, the low-income and the poor are keen to bring joy and joy to their families on Eid al-Adha, and overcome prices by resorting to what is known as "luggage, false, mumbar, spleen, rumen and bone", in addition to the "meat of the head", which sells for 35 pounds per kilogram, while the price ranges Individual trotters (cattle man) between 100 and 150 pounds, and the price of Almambar 30 pounds per kilogram, and the rumen at 20 pounds, and the feather at 30 pounds per kilogram.

The price of sacrificial animals starts with the price of sheep from three thousand pounds to seven thousand pounds, depending on the size and weight, while the calves range from 12 thousand to 18 thousand pounds.