Kilosa floods affect meat supply in Dar

Wholesale and retail meat prices rose slightly last week following the destruction of Dumila Bridge, in Kilosa District by floods that cut off communication between Dodoma and other coastal and eastern regions.

The destruction of the road network resulted into low supply of cattle, goats and sheep at Pugu market, pushing up prices.

But the higher prices discouraged consumers who reduced demand for meat and consequently prices started falling, according to the weekly information released by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

In an interview with the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Mr Christopher Mika, the meat wholesaler based in the city the communication breakdown between lake, central and coastal regions impacted greatly on the meat prices last week.

"The lake and central regions control the largest share of livestock supply in Dar es Salaam as well as other parts of the country, thus any communication breakdown could result into price change," he said.

He said for example, the wholesale price for cattle meat rose slightly to 6,000/- from 5,000/- per kilogramme, thus pushing retail prices to around 6,500/- to 7,000/- per kilogramme.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade's livestock market information for last week collected at Pugu auction, the average sales for cattle per market day declined to 684 from 726 supplied in the previous period.

The average prices for mature cattle G2 increased slightly to 556,000/- from 551,000/- of the previous auction, representing 0.9 per cent increment.

Moreover, the male mature cattle G3 rose to 611,500/-, which is equivalent to 1.9 per cent rise.

The weekly Pugu market report shows further that the average prices for the mature cattle G2 and Female cattle G3 declined slightly to 500,000/- from 510,500/-, which is 0.1 per cent change and 750,000/- from 812,000/-, a 7.6 per cent change respectively.

Similarly, the average sales per market day for goats declined to 362 during the period under review from 427 of the previous auction, equivalent to 15.2 per cent change.

The average prices for female goat G3 increased to 62,000/- from 60,000/- representing 0.8 per cent change. Also the average prices for female sheep G3 rose 54,000/- from 52,500/-, a 0.9 per cent change.
Source: Daily News, reported by Sebastian Mrindoko from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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