Meat prices up in Morocco at start of Ramadan
Wholesale meat traders in Casablanca predict meat prices to rise by additional 5 Dirhams during the first ten days of Ramadan, due to the strong demand for meat during the beginning of the holy month. The current prices are ranged between 65 and 70 Dirham (($7.2-$8.3) per 1Kg.
Moroccan meat traders estimated also that prices will start declining only at the beginning of the New Year (2005) when the import of calf from several European countries will begin, reported Al-Sabah newspaper on wednesday. The same sources clarified that import of milk calf, which started on October 1st, does not affect the prices, since these are needed for milk production and could not be used for eating until two years later.
It should be mentioned that Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture allowed the resuming of calf imports, after the medical risks involved in it were appreciated by a special committee. Prices are expected to decrease to 50 Dirham per 1Kg after the implementing of these imports. (menareport.com)
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