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The cost of production and competitiveness of algerienne sheep meat : case of lamb of djelfa

 

Fathi Abdellatif BELHOUADJEB

Fouad CHEHAT

 

Abstract

The aim of this work is to contribute to the knowledge of costs related to the lamb of the steppe in the prospect of gaining competitiveness. Based on a survey of stock-breeders in the province of Djelfa, this study shows the cost of feeding is the greatest part for lambs whatever the type of livestock herder. The calculation of indicators of competitiveness (the nominal protection coefficient (NPC) measures the protection given to a product; the effective protection coefficient (EPC) measures the protection given to a production activity; the domestic resource cost (DRC) for measuring the competitiveness of a local product compared to the international market) shows that Algeria has a comparative advantage in this sector. By cons, in a situation of free trade, the high cost of feeding affect negatively of the level of competitiveness of the Algerian sheep meat.  

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