Dar es Salaam,
Rising demand for meat compounded by low supply has pushed meat prices up in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, with analysts projecting that a kilogramme of beef will cross the Tsh10,000 ($4) mark during the festive season.
Wholesale prices of meat have risen by an average of 21 per cent during the past month.
“Currently, a kilogramme of beef at the Vingunguti Abattoir fetches between Tsh6,300 (2.74) and Tsh6,500 ($2.83) as wholesale price. Two months ago, the same fetched between Tsh5,000 ($2) and Tsh5,500. What you see in retail outlets is a reflection of what is happening here,” the chairman for a co-operative union for traders in livestock and livestock products at Vingunguti, Mr Joel Meshaki, told The Citizen in an interview.
A kilogramme of beef currently fetches between Tsh6,500 and Tsh8,500 ($3.70).
According to Mr Meshaki, the rise is largely due to a slowdown in cattle supply at the market. Currently, an average of 400 and 450 cattle are slaughtered at Vingunguti per day, a drop from an average of 500 and 650.
The market master at the Pugu Livestock Market, Mr Kerambo Samwel told The Citizen that the rise has been associated with a drop in cattle supply at the market. Cattle supplies began dwindling in September and October, but it rose slightly towards the end of November.