3 meetings that brought together agriculture and economics with farmers, interspersed with many complaints about the interruption of eggs and chicken breasts and their sale on the black market. The Minister of Agriculture, Abbas Mortada at the time, threatened breeders and farm owners to import white meat from abroad, because “the citizen is not a stick breaker.” After some consideration and response, the parties agreed to issue an amended list of prices on the sixth of this month, closer to the “aspirations” of farmers and breeders and not beyond the reach of consumers, in return for farm owners working to increase their production to meet market needs. Thus, many prices were modified, including the price of chicken breast, whose price increased from 19 thousand pounds to between 23 thousand (pulled breast) and 29 thousand (special breast, cut on the weight and fillets of all kinds).
Mortada: The decision is final and the educators should review their accounts and stop storing
However, the text of the agreement did not prevent some farm owners and major distributors from continuing to legalize distribution to the point of abstaining from delivery and monopolizing some products, including the “breast” of chickens that have become almost missing from the market, especially in the regions.
For all these reasons, Murtaza went to the last option, which is to open the door to import refrigerated white meat from abroad. The purpose of this decision was two things: the first was to satisfy the market’s need for poultry products, “so faith weakened the citizen not to deprive the citizen of poultry at the height of the meat crisis and high prices,” according to Murtada, and the second is to restore the balance of supply and demand and maintain prices, after demand exceeded supply . Murtaza asserts that this is not a threat, but rather a procedure to “kickstart” the market, and then “the decision expires”, calling on farmers to “review their accounts … and stop stockpiling.”
The decision is “final, and there is no going back on it”, because “food security is a red line.” Yet, for farmers and breeders, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. For them, what this decision means is that Murtaza “betrayed us”, according to Musa Fraiji, head of the Poultry Breeders Syndicate in Lebanon, as the minister broke the agreement, at a time when farmers promised to increase their production within a month from now “up to the twentieth of November … Upon the minister’s request, we imported the eggs that need three weeks for hatching, and then a month before they are released to the market, so that we can increase production by 30 to 40%. “The first for the minister to reconsider the decision, because this matter will complicate the problem and will not solve it,” says Friji. So what does that mean? The answer depends on what farmers will do after the decision takes effect.
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