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Govt hailed over poultry products move

by 5m Editor
18 September 2006, at 10:25am

TANZANIA - A section of traders has hailed the government for considering to lift the three month old ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products due to fear of the bird flu epidemic.

The businessmen told the 'Daily News' over the weekend that the ban had hit the local businesses hard due to the high prices responding to low supplies of poultry and poultry products.

A survey in Dar es Salaam showed that chicken now sold at between 3,000/- and 3,900/- per bird compared to 2,500/- a bird before the ban was imposed on June 7 this year.

At the famous Kinondoni market, local businessmen mainly those who operate 'chips shops' had to scramble for the few chicken available. A bird sold at between 3,000/- and 3,200/- depending on the size.

At the Shoprite supermarket a kilo was 3,900/= as of yesterday compared to 3,200/- per kilo before the ban was imposed.

The supermarket's Sales Manager, Mr Nicolas Markus, attributed the sharp increase to the ban, saying local producers had not managed to meet growing demand.

Source: Daily News

5m Editor