A report by the United Nations Department of Agriculture and Food shows that a Rwandan eats eight pounds of meat a year, while another resident living in sub-Saharan Africa eats at least 35 pounds a year.
Buyers and sellers of meat in Kigali put the blame of low consumption on the rising meat prices
At Kimironko market where beef is sold, traders would cut the meat waiting for buyers. They say getting customers is an option because Consumers believe the rise in prices has affected them. Mutesi Josiane said: “The meat from 2700 to 3200 feels like my price is not included, the mix is 3200, the dream is 3700.”Bagambiki Jean Claude, a butcher, said: “Meat is expensive due to lack of cows, and customers are missing out on the issue.Residents and beef traders say they are so concerned about rising meat prices in the markets that they are affecting their nutrition and losses to traders. At one of the slaughter houses, its vice president, Christophe, said: ” There are no cows outside, a fuso driver has to bring in 18 cows but you find it bringing 14 or 13 cows, the loss is that there are traders who quit the business , because of the ability to go to the markets expensive. ”
Upon realizing how meat production and consumption is becoming a growing problem, the Rwandan government set up a project and has invested Rwf14 billion that will enable the increase of meat production in the country. The project will be implemented between 2020 and 2022, in the Eastern and Western Provinces, Rubavu, Nyagatare, Bugesera (Gako) and Rusizi Districts.
It is a project that will reach 650 livestock including meat processors and traders, of which 74% of women engaged in cross-border trade. During the project, the trainees will be trained so that 1,950 people,
meat producers and border workers, will be trained, including 1,560 veterinarians, 466 veterinarians from the sector, district, and the National Center for the Development of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, RAB.
In Kigali City the price of most commonly consumed beef is 3200Rwf, per kilo of mixed meat The project has a specific infrastructure of 79.15% (energy with 6.16%, water and sanitation with 25.09% and transport with 17.90%). Other BAD-assisted projects include social welfare (8.34%), media and communications technology (2.48%) and the private sector (9.99%). Dr Solange Uwituze, Deputy Director General of Animal Husbandry at the Agricultural and Livestock Development Agency (RAB), estimates that in 5 years, the number of fallen livestock offices has doubled.
This alone does not eliminate the shortage of beef due to the large number of people in need. She added Rwanda agricultural board (RAB) figures show that there are more than 1,300,000 cows in Rwanda. According to the agency, meat prices have been rising from 2013 to 2018.this became a factor to limited consumption
In 2013 the number of beef was 29807 tons while in 2018 it reached 53019 tons.
Goat meat was 16953 tons and increased to 19480 tons. There were 5,802 tons of mutton to 6742 tons.
For poultry, the RAB estimates that in 2013 it was 15,727 tons up to 40,561 tons in 2018.
Rabbits meat was 3893 tons to 12,842 tons and that of pigs was 8905 tons to 35,017 tons.
Emmanuel NKANGURA | www.zamireports.com| Rwanda