Kabale butchers hike meat prices over quarantine
Butchers operating at Kabale Police Barracks playground in Central Division have hiked meat prices following quarantine imposed on the movement of pigs and its products in the district.
Last week, over 70 pigs died of a strange disease which forced the district authorities led by the Kabale District Veterinary Officer Bernard Kabagame send samples to the National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Centre in Entebbe. The samples which were
returned on Tuesday tested positive to African swine fever.
The butchers also say that they have decided to hike meat prices following their relocation from Kabale Central market to Kabale Police Barracks playground as part of the process to pave way for the planned reconstruction of a new market under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III. The market is set to be constructed at a cost of Shs 24 Billion with funding from the African Development Bank-ADB and the government of Uganda.
They claim that the abattoir has been near to Kabale Central market and they now have to incur 5000 to 10000 shillings to transport their meat to new lockups at Kabale Police Barracks playground.
A kilogram of beef which was at 10,000 shillings is now at 12,000 shillings while a kilogram of goat’s meat was raised from 12,000 shillings to 14,000 shillings.
Richard Sunday, a butcher says that they have to put in more costs in transporting meat from the abattoir to their lockups. He added that they have been paying 1000 for those transporting meat to their lock-ups in the Central Market but they now pay 5000 to 10,000 shillings to their new place.
Anthony Muhangi, another butcher says that the price for goats meat and beef have been increased since more customers are coming following the outbreak of African swine fever.
Muhangi who is also the Kabale Municipality Slaughterhouse tenderer says that they have been slaughtering between 18 to 20 goats every day before the outbreak of African swine fever, but they now slaughter at around 37 to 45 goats every day.
Augustine Atwijukira, a butcher says that ever since the celebration of this year’s Eid al-Adha, goats become scarce and were forced to hike the price after the demand became high.
Samuel Kyomukama alias Uncle Sam operating in the same area said that following the quarantine imposed on the movement of pigs and its products in the district, the demand for goat’s meat shot up since those people who were engaging in selling pigs and those operating pork joints have resorted to goats. He added that they hiked the prices since they are also having difficulties to access goats for sale.
Hotels and restaurant operators in the municipality are already feeling the pinch of the increments. Annet Kyomugisha, who operates a restaurant in Kigongi trading center told our reporter that they have also adjusted their prices upwards following the increments.
Kyomugisha said that a plate of beef that they used to sell at 3000 shillings is now at 4000 shillings adding that a plate of goats meat that has been at 4500 shillings is now at 6000 shillings.