Iran faces oversupply in livestock
The coronavirus crisis in Iran is putting at risk the country’s nomad tribes whose livelihood largely depends on animal husbandry, says the caretaker of Nomadic Affairs Organization affiliated with the Agriculture Ministry.
“Limitations on social events and gatherings due to the pandemic have resulted in the cancellation of weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies. Most restaurants are either closed or have very few customers and delivery requests, which has in turn reduced red meat consumption,” Shahpour Alaei-Moqaddam was also quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency. The official noted that under the circumstances, nomadic tribes are facing an oversupply of livestock. As an example, consumption per capita of lamb in Iran has decreased from 12 kilograms to eight kilograms, according to the head of Tehran Guild Union for Lamb Supply and Distribution, Ali Asghar Maleki.
On the other hand, Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) announced that production of red meat in Iran stood at 39,600 tonnes in the seventh month of the current Iranian calendar year (September 22-October 21), showing 55% growth compared to the same month in the past year.
The SCI’s report said that beef and veal had the lion’s share in the country’s red meat output during the seventh month with 22,400 tonnes, followed by lamb and mutton with 13,500 tonnes, goat meat with 2,900 tonnes, and red meat from other livestock with 794 tonnes, informs the Tehran Times newspaper.
The head of Iran’s Livestock Provision Council has called on the government to purchase the red meat at guaranteed prices to support the producers. The purchase of red meat at guaranteed prices is already done in 15 provinces.
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