Prices of meat steadily on the rise

2011-11-29 00:00

MEAT consumers will have to fork out more this festive season as meat prices are on the increase.

Butcheries and abattoirs that The Witness spoke to yesterday say there has been a steady increase in the price of meat in the last four weeks.

They estimate that prices increased by as much as 15% in this time.

The prices have reportedly been pushed up by a shortage of meat caused by the decline in imports and the increase in the operational costs of farming.

Statistics released by the National Agricultural Marketing Council between July 2010 and September 2011 show that over the past 15 months there has been a steady, although marginal, increase in prices.

For instance, beef brisket increased from R45,19 in July 2010 to R52,10 per kilogram in September.

Lamb went up from R74,54 to R97,83 and rump steak from R76,30 to R84 in the same period.

A butchery owner who declined to be named said he is amazed at how the meat prices have escalated within the last four weeks.

Some products have almost doubled in price in the course of a month, he added.

He said a month ago rump steak went from a retail price of R60 to R89, brisket from R45 to R63 and mince from R40 to about R60.

The manager of another local butchery, who also declined to give his name, said consumers can expect to be paying even more by the end of November.

H.Malani, a manager at the Al-Mazbah in Thornville, said meat prices are being driven up by the shortages and by the increases in operational costs like fuel and other inputs.

“There are not enough imports coming through the country due to the dollar/rand exchange rate. With the shortage of supply and high demand for the products the prices go up.”

Malani said prices will eventually stabilise.


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