Agriculture: Red meat prices will drop within days
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The Ministry of Agriculture expected that the prices of red meat would witness a significant decrease in their prices during the next few days, after taking several measures in this field, attributing the rise to several reasons.
Meat prices in the country increased during the past weeks, from 15 thousand dinars per kilogram to reach yesterday, Monday, to 23 thousand, which prevented many families with limited income from buying it, especially with the significant increase in all food prices since the beginning of the month. virtue.
The administrative deputy of the ministry, Dr. Mahdi Sahar al-Jubouri, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah": The ministry has taken several measures to confront the high prices of red meat in the local markets, the most important of which is facilitating the transportation of live sheep and cows between the provinces and the region, in addition to allowing the import of meat from all countries of the world except for the banned ones. Importing from them, and by adopting the bulletin issued by the World Animal Health Organization, stressing that the measures will significantly reduce the price of red meat during the next few days.
He attributed the rise in red meat prices to an increase in demand by 30 percent compared to the same period last year, in addition to the reluctance of breeders to sell them because they wanted to multiply them due to the increase in the areas of natural pastures due to the good rainy season, which caused the delay in offering them for sale to butchers.
Regarding the prices of white meat, which also witnessed a rise, Al-Jubouri indicated that the Ministry allowed its import of various types, and the provision of feed by the Ministry to the owners of poultry fields contributed to creating a balance between import and what local fields produce, which made their prices in the local markets stabilize now.
In the same context, a member of the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce, Hassan Al-Ghazi, stated in press statements that the rise in meat prices in the country is closely related to the scarcity of water, since many livestock breeders left the profession during the last three years, due to the lack of natural pastures, which caused a decline in the numbers of cattle. Livestock of sheep, buffaloes and cows in the country, holding the government responsible for handling this file.
He stressed that opening imports wide harms the country's economy, as it ends the remaining livestock-breeding projects in it, noting that opening imports must be done by adopting well-studied plans that do not affect local production, and that the main step that the government must take is finding solutions with neighboring countries to obtain its water shares.
Edited by: Mostafa Majeed
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