60 per cent drop in supply of meat to city

 There had been a sixty percent drop in the supply of meat to the city following the ban imposed in February on the sale and transportation of animals or animal products (except poultry) by the Department of Animal Production and Health in the wake of the Foot and Mouth disease outbreak, the Veterinary Department of the Colombo Municipal Council (VDCMC) said yesterday.

Chief Veterinary Surgeon of the Veterinary Department, Dr. I. Dharmawardane said that most of the 111 meat stalls in the city had been closed down owing to the scarcity of beef, mutton and pork. Much of the beef, mutton and pork brought into the city came from the areas affected by the hoof and mouth disease. He said that during the period the prices of meat products had increased drastically with a kilo of pork selling at over Rs. 600 in some places.

Dr. Dharmawardane said however that a gazette notification had been issued for lifting the ban on meat produced in the Kurunegala and Puttalam districts by Monday (07).

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