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Gov’t warns against livestock price hike

Jun 2, 2015, 10:17 AM

The government has issued a stern warning against livestock price increment, calling on livestock owners and dealers to desist from escalation of meat prices in the country.

A State House release aired by the State TV last night stated that “government will stop its interventions that benefit livestock owners and dealers” if they fail to desist from price escalation of livestock and meat in the country, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.

The release further states:“It has come to the attention of Government that in spite of its continued intervention in the livestock sector through the professional veterinary and other services, cattle owners and dealers continue to hike cattle prices beyond the levels affordable to the masses, thereby causing untold hardship for the average Gambian, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

“A news release from State House states that against this background all livestock owners or dealers are hereby warned to desist with immediate effect from the unacceptable escalation of meat prices to the detriment of Gambians, failure of which government will stop its interventions that benefit livestock owners.

“Furthermore, all livestock/dealers are hereby informed that with effect from 1st June 2015, government will provide no free veterinary services until meat prices are lowered and made affordable to the masses.”