Mayov Ogwang, a manager of a local hotel says a big cock that used to cost Shillings 15,000 now costs between Shillings 20,000 and 30,000.
The ban on the sale of meat in Apac district has escalated the price of chicken and fish. Last week, Apac authorities banned the sale of meat and all animal products in the district following a reported outbreak of the Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD in Ibuje and Akokoro Sub Counties.
The authorities also suspended the operations Abutaber, Arocha and Ibuje livestock markets. As results, the ban has pushed up the prices of chicken and fish. A kilogram of Nile perch now goes for Shilling 7,000 up from Shillings 4000.
A medium sized Tilapia in Apac market now costs 8000 Shillings from 3000. Mayov Ogwang, a manager of a local hotel says a big cock that used to cost Shillings 15,000 now costs between Shillings 20,000 and 30,000.
He says this has greatly affected their business since they are also forced to increase the cost of their meals. Mary Akello, the proprietor Good Feeding in Apac town council says she has resorted to buying broilers outside the district because of the price of local chicken has escalated.
Renison Otim, the head of a local farmer\'s group in Apac District says farmers have also hiked the prices of other edibles like peas, beans, simsim and groundnuts.
Wilfred Mega, the Apac District Fisheries Officer says the increased demand for fish has escalated illegal fishing on Lake Kwania. He says fishermen have resorted to catching immature fish to catch on the boom in business.