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Egypt’s red meat self-sufficiency decreases to 74 per cent

Domestic production saw an increase of 37.5 per cent, while consumption rose by 39.4 per cent

Egypt’s self-sufficiency of red meat declined from 75.4 per cent in 2000 to 74.3 per cent in 2013, with an average rate of 84 per cent, a recent study shows.

According to the study conducted by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), the gap between production and consumption has widened from 229,000 tonnes to 333,000 tonnes during the same period, reports UAE-based Aliqtisadi.

CAPMAS explains in its study on the economics of red meat in Egypt that the number of cattle increased from 14.9 million heads of cattle in 2000 to 18.5m in 2013, an increase of 24 per cent.

The study points out that the domestic production of red meat rose from 702,000 tonnes in 2000 to 965,000 tonnes in 2013, an increase of 37.5 per cent, while the red meat available for consumption rose from 931,000 tonnes to 1,298m tonnes, an increase of 39.4 per cent during the same period.