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GLMA Organises consultative meeting with Butchers and Dealers

The Gambia Livestock and Management Agency (GLMA) on Saturday 6th June, 2015 organised a consultative meeting with butchers and cattle dealers at 

their 

office

 ground in Abuko

in the Kanifing Municipality in bid to reduce the prices of meat as Ramadan approaches. In his opening statement Dr. Danish Carayol Chairman of the Board of Directors of GLMA said the purpose of the consultative meeting is to negotiate with their stakeholders to reduce the prices of meat as the Ramadan approaches. He said the meeting is held annually whenever the Ramadan approaches as the tendency is the prices are usually increased whenever the holy month is approaching. Dr Carayol also challenged both butchers and dealers to come up with ways to reduce the prices instead of increasing them. He further pointed out that GLMA has three major concerns and they the registration of butchers and dealers, adding that the rate of registration is significantly decreasing and the number of dealers and butchers continues to increase. Dr. Carayol also posited that overpricing is another concern as whenever the prices are fixed some butchers unilaterally change the prices without any consultation. He finally spoke about the improper measurements of the meat by the butchers, adding that most butchers cheat on their customers when weighing the meat. Mr. Amadou Gaye President of the Butchers Association in delivering his statement pleaded with the authorities to allow them to maintain the current prices, as they are operating on a loss but they would however be able to cope with it, but if they are asked to reduce it, the decision would affect their business seriously.

Mr. Alhagie Musa Njie a cattle dealer said they conduct this meeting annually to be able to satisfy the consumers. He however highlighted their constraints when importing cattle in the country, as high cost of transport, difficulties at the ferry crossing points, and high cost of feeding for the cattle, adding that if these challenges are addressed by the government then the prices would decrease. Mr. Modou Pika Jallow Ward Councilor, Abuko for his part said the prices of meat are expensive, adding that they should look into the causes of the increment and address it. Mr. Jallow challenged the butchers and dealers to be realistic in their dealings and most importantly the butchers to make sure they give the customers the right measurements. He concluded by recommending for parliament to table a bill to address the continuous increase of prices of meat in the country. Mr. Ousman Jammeh Permanent Secretary one Ministry of speaking on behalf of the Sectary General and Head of the Civil Service, said the butchers should negotiate with the local herdsmen to sell their cattle to them, adding that they should write a letter with regard to the ferry crossing and then the Ministry of Agriculture would table it with the management of the Gambia Ports Authority. PS. Jammeh stated that the MoA should now start livestock breeding especially cattle and small ruminants. He concluded by expressing delight to GLMA and the dealers for the dialogue

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