Goats prices projected to rise around Christmas
Across livestock markets in Ssembabule, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Kiboga and Nakasongola districts, a 7-10kg goat (these are the commonest) goes for sh90,000-sh110,000. This means that a farmer sold each live kilogramme at sh12,000.
Once the goats reach Kampala, however, the price goes up. A survey across major butcheries in Kampala and Wakiso between November 15 and 2, indicated that prices of goat meat ranged between sh18,000 and sh22,000 a kilo. Prices were lowest at Kalerwe market and highest at Ntinda market. Several other markets sold at sh20,000.
During the Christmas shopping period, prices are expected to rise to between sh20,000 and sh25,000.
Uganda is estimated to have at least 15 million goats. According to surveys in different abattoirs around Kampala and other major towns, at least 1,500 goats are slaughtered during most festive seasons such as Christmas. This year, the goats sub-sector has been hit by diseases so the supply around Christmas may not be that good.
However, if you are a goat farmer, which market would you take your goats to?
“I prefer selling on my farm since I am not working under a cooperative or group of some kind. I do not also have the means to take my goats to Kampala,” Godwin Tusiime, a farmer in Ssembabule, says. He says he is contented with the sh11,000 he sells each kilo of live weight. There are certainly many farmers like him.