SA red meat, pork prices at highest level in years

Johannesburg – Meat producers say an increase in the prices of red meat and pork products will go beyond December into the first quarter of 2021.

Experts say the prices of this category of products are currently at their highest levels in years.

Consumers will have to fork out more for meat products this festive season.

According to the CEO of the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation Johann Kotze, they are currently experiencing high feed prices that makeup between 70% and 75% of pork production costs.

“The feed price now is relatively higher than what we had the previous year. For consumers, we are concerned that retail prices don’t go too high because you can have a resistance in buying and demand for pork. As producers, we are confident that the price that we have now at retail level will stay more or less the same and that we would keep our momentum as producers to sell pork,” said Kotze.

Meanwhile, red meat prices have breached 50% a kilo with lamb and mutton at 40% higher than the previous year.

CEO of the Red Meat Producers’ Organisation Gerhard Schutte said: “Prices year on year the producer prices of beef went up about twelve percent the lamb price for the producer year on year went up by about twenty five percent of cause that’s good news for the producer but not that good news for the consumer. Always remember that we are still 30% world norm in terms of prices and that is why we are so competitive in the international arena. We also have very high quality red meat in South Africa and that is mainly due to the fact we have a unique classification system.”

According to a study done by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group, South African consumers began spending more on groceries since the lockdown that started in March.

This indicated that the price of essential food spiked by 30% between March and May this year.

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