Cattle Farmers Hike Prices Ahead of Christmas

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Joan Karungi, a resident of Kigorobya Sub County says that if beef prices continue to rise, several people may decide to forego eating meat during Christmas
Cattle being grazed in Kasenyi lyato village in Buseruka sub county Hoima district.

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Cattle prices have doubled in Hoima ahead of Christmas season. 

A survey conducted by URN in the Hoima cattle market shows that a cow that cost between Shillings 800,000 and Shillings 1M four months ago, now costs between Shillings 1.7M and Shillings 2M.


Several cattle traders interviewed by URN fear that the prices are likely to even increase further next week. 

Mustapher Kalifani, a cattle trader in Hoima town, says the increase in the cattle prices is likely to escalate the price of beef.  


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  Mubarak Mugisa, a butcher in Hoima central market says they are currently a kilogram of beef costs Shillings 12000. 

He however, says they could be compelled to hike the price to Shillings 15,000 given the increase in cattle prices. 

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Wilberforce Onyuthi, a resident of Kasenyi Lyato in Buseruka Sub County, says they are likely to see an increase in beef prices in the next few days because of the increase in cattle prices.         

Muhamood Kasaija, another butcher says they could end up making losses this festive season given the hike in cattle prices.

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Patrick Byaruhanga, a cattle trader in Buseruka Cattle Market, says they have several cattle to traders from as far as Wakiso, Gulu, Kampala, Mukono, Arua, Lira and Mubende districts over the past three weeks, which he blames for the hiked prices.  

John Kasumba, a cattle farmer in Buseruka Sub County, says they are take advantage of Christmas to make more profits from livestock.

Joan Karungi, a resident of Kigorobya Sub County says beef prices continue to rise, several may decide to forego meat during Christmas since many will not afford. 


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