The Algerian minister of agriculture is facing a rising price of lamb as demand outstrips supply. Animal hygiene sources in the ministry of agriculture are not allowing imports to arrive, however, until after the Islamic Eid El-Kebir holiday, in about one month's time. The reason given is fear of the spread of diseases among sheep. The period before holidays is traditionally very important periods for the local meat industry.
This is in contrast to rumors circulating that there were going to be sheep imports. There have also been different suggestions on how to manage the risk of importing sheep and disease control. For the time being, however, no new sheep are arriving.