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Meat Shortage Hits Lira as Cattle Markets Remains Closed

The restrictions have affected the demand for livestock products by restaurants, street vendors and other institutions. The six weekly cattle markets in the Lango sub-region include Amac, Apala, Aswa, Alito, Ajuri, and Barrio.

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Meat consumers in Lira have been hit by shortages following the closure of cattle markets.

On June 6, President Museveni suspended the operations of weekly and cattle markets as a measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 disease. 

The restrictions have affected the demand for livestock products by restaurants, street vendors and other institutions. The six weekly cattle markets in the Lango sub-region include Amac, Apala, Aswa, Alito, Ajuri, and Barrio.

At Lira main market each butcher would sell between 150 to 200 kilograms of meat daily, but since the presidential directive, the sales have reduced to 100 while others sell as low as 40kilograms of meat in a day.

Restaurant and hotel owners are also feeling the impact of the ban as most of them have since stopped serving meat or serving in small quality because of the shortages.

At Triplets Restaurant, the consumption has reduced to 40kgs from a weekly consumption of 150kgs.  Daisy Aceng, the managing director of the restaurant says on some days, the restaurant is served less of what they request. 

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Emmanuel Watmon, the Executive Director 911 restaurants located at the Lira City Mall in Lira City says the restaurant’s consumption of meat has reduced by more than half because of the shortage of meat in the market.

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Susan Akello, a food vendor at Juba Market explains that they are forced to compete with big restaurants and hotel for the small quantity of meat available in the market.

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