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Johannesburg - Mpumalanga red meat producers have dismissed recent reports that meat prices will fall between 8% and 15% over the festive season.

Red Meat Producers’ Organisation provincial chair Koos Dafel said the price of red meat will in fact increase as a result of the ongoing drought which is affecting South Africa’s most important beef-producing areas.

“A-grade beef, which is what the majority of South Africans will use for braai, has gone up because the cattle are very weak and don’t have much meat on them. This will continue over the coming months until we receive proper rain in around March next year,” said Dafel.

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