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Kabale Butchers Register Low Meat Sales

Mustafa Byamugisha, the Chairperson for Kabale Central Market Ababaagi Twetungure Development Association, an umbrella body for butchers in Kabale Municipality, told URN on Christmas Eve that they had only 52 goats and 37 cows.
Butchers in Kabale municipality have complained of low sells this Christmas compared to the past seasons. Despite maintaining the cost of a kilogram of beef at Shillings 9000 and goat's meat at Shillings 10,000, the butchers, say only a few people are buying meat.

 

Mustafa Byamugisha, the Chairperson for Kabale Central Market Ababaagi Twetungure Development Association, an umbrella body for butchers in Kabale Municipality, told URN on Christmas Eve that they had only 52 goats and 37 cows.

 

According to Byamugisha, this is a very small number compared to the last Christmas where they slaughtered 85 cows and 135 goats. He blames the low demand for beef this Christmas on the prevailing economic crisis in the country, saying most people are financial unstable.

 

Denis Mpamize, a butcher, says he stocked beef hoping to cash in on the Christmas sales but the results are wanting. Mpamize says the demand for beef and goat's meat is very low, adding that some people have opted for beans and vegetables, which are cheaper.

Jacqueline Tumusiime, a widow from Karubanda in Mwanjari ward Southern Division, Kabale Municipality says she joined a savings group of fifteen members to buy a cow at the end of the year. 

Tumusiime says each group member has been saving Shillings 8000 each month from January this year. According to Tumusiime, she walked away with ten kilograms of meat, saying it is sufficient to feed her family of six children until the end of the festivities. 

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