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Demand for red meat in SA outstrips production

By unknown | May 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

South Africans love red meat.

The demand for red meat will continue to outstrip supply until the government helps producers, the National Emergent Red Meat Producers Organisation (Nerpo) says.

The organisation said it was failing to meet the demand for local consumption because of low production as a result of a lack of land and high production cost.

Nerpo managing director Mlulami Mahanjana said the amount of red meat produced was less than the demand, which was going to increase because of population growth and the economic activity of the black middle class.

He spoke at a Nerpo gathering in Polokwane.

"We will continue to be a net meat importer as long as population growth is faster than the production of meat," he said.

Mahanjane blamed a lack of subsidisation of farmers and said high costs costs and the non-availability of land were other problems faced by farmers.

But Limpopo MEC for agriculture Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba asked farmers to form cooperatives and use government programmes aimed at rural development.


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