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NİHAT ÇELİK: MEAT LOBBY LEADS TO PRICE HIKES IN THE MARKET

Lamb meat prices cause controversy!

Meat product prices have stirred a controversy between the heads of the associations of breeders and butchers.

TÜDKİYEB Başkanı Nihat Çelik: Marketlerin satın alma müdürlerinin mal  varlıkları incelenmeli
Nihat Çelik

Reacting to reports saying that meat prices could be hiked 24 percent in the upcoming days, Nihat Çelik, the head of the sheep and goat breeders’ association TÜDKİYEB, accused butchers and brokers of unfair pricing, labeling them as “the meat lobby.”

“We have an animal volume of 58 million,” he said, noting that a lamb is sold by breeders to butchers for 70 Turkish Liras ($4.7) per kilogram on average, but a kilogram of lamb meat cubes is sold for up to 200 liras ($13.6).

“The price of a kilogram of meat cubes should not exceed 110 liras [$7.5],” he said.

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Fazlı Yalçındağ

He also urged the government to increase the number of shops run by the Meat and Milk Institution (ESK) and intervene in the market through those shops. Currently, there are only 18 state-run ESK shops across Turkey.

On the other hand, Butchers’ Federation President Fazlı Yalçındağ said that operational costs, including electricity bills and rents, are very high.

“If he knows anything wrong about these issues, he should apply to the authorities to submit a complaint,” he said.

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