Tanzania's cattle sales fall slightly at Pugu market

Total earnings generated from the cattle sales at the Pugu Auction market dropped slightly to 2.15bn/- from 2.45bn/- last week, as traders complained that farmers were reluctant to release cattle.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the daily cattle sales went down to 3,563 from 3,794 in the week under review.

“It is common for farmers to be reluctant to sell cattle and other livestock during harvest season,” a trader told Daily News. The female cattle grade two whose price declined to 617,500/- from 700,000/-of the previous session.

Prices for mature cattle grade three fell to 468,000/- from 470,000/- the week before. The prices for mature male cattle grade two jumped to 824,000/- from 811,000/- . The prices for male cattle grade three dropped to 510,000/- from 620,000/- of the previous session.

In the meantime, the turnover generated from the goats sale has decreased to 111.93m/-from 148.56m/- of the other period. According to the report, the average sales per market have declined to 1,281 during the week under review from 1,568.

The prices for mature goats grade two increased to 97,000/- from 92,000, while the prices for female goats grade three declined to 60,000/- from 75,000/- of the other session.

The prices for mature male goats grade two rose to 122,000/- from 97,000/- while the prices for male goat grade three declined to 70,500/-from 92,000/- of the other market.

Similarly, the earnings generated from the sheep auction last week increased to 221.29m/- from 184.45m/-.The average sales per market for sheep during the week were 707 from 2,380.

The prices for mature sheep grade two increased to 90,000/- from 76,000/- while the prices for female sheep grade three increased to 55,000/- from 53,000/-.

The prices for mature sheep grade increased to 105,000/- from 100,000/- while prices for male sheep grade three declined to 63,000/- from 81,000/-.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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