Cattle supply drops at main Dar market

The last month of 2014 saw the average cattle supply at Pugu Market recording slight decline to 18,270 compared to 19,050 of the preceding month which is equivalent to 4.1 per cent change.

Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the month of December, shows that prices increased across all breeds pushed up by high demand during the year-end holidays.

Some of the regions which supplied cattle to Pugu market were Dodoma, Arusha, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Kagera, Singida, Mbeya, Musoma and Tabora.

The prices for mature cattle female grade two (G2) increased to 729,000 from 677, 000/- of the previous market, which is 7.7 per cent increment.

Also, the prices for grade three (G3) female cattle recorded a 5.4 per cent increase to 508,000/- from 482,000/- of the previous market.

The prices for mature cattle male grade (G2) increased to 901,000/- from 899, 000/- month under review, representing a 0.2 per cent change.

The prices of the male cattle grade (G3) registered a 0.9 per cent increment to 705,000/- from 699,000/- of the previous month. Meanwhile, the average monthly sales of goats at the market increased to 9,780, which is equivalent to 22 per cent change from 7,980 of the previous period.

The prices for mature female goat grade two (2) remained increased to 114,000/- from 103,000/- compared to the previous period, equivalent to 39.8 per cent. The prices for female goats grade three (3) declined to 53,500/- from 55, 000/-, which is 4.5 per cent fall.

Mature male goats grade two saw its prices rising by 16.4 per cent to 149,000/- from 128,000/-previously while male goats grade three recorded 0.8 per cent price increase to 65,000/- from 64,000/- of the preceding marketing period. Similarly, the average monthly sales for sheep recorded 15.3 per cent increase to 4,290 from 3,720 supplied in the month before.

The prices for mature female sheep grade (2) increased to 75,000/- from 74, 000/- of the month of November, which is 1.4 per cent change while female sheep grade (3) saw its prices falling 8.2 per cent to 45,000/- from 49, 000/-.

The prices for mature male sheep grade (2) and grade (3) declined by 9.4 per cent to 82,500/- from 91, 000/- of the previous session while prices for male mature goat declined to 51,000/- from 58, 000/- which is 12.1 per cent change.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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