KARACHI: Pakistan exported 95,991 tonnes (worth $333 million) meat and also meat preparations in FY21– an all-time high numbers– against 83,749 tonnes ($ 304m) a year ago. Nonetheless, the typical per tonne cost (APT) remained low at $3,473 as compared to $3,631 in FY20.
The new fiscal started with a spin as the APT cost rose to $4,234 in July-August 2021-22 from $3,444 in the same duration in the last fiscal year regardless of drop in amount to 11,702 tonnes ($ 49m) from 14,974 tonnes ($ 51.5 m) in the exact same duration FY21, down by 22pc in quantity and also 4pc in worth.
Exports have been facing a down pattern from July 2021. As per numbers of Pakistan Bureau of Stats (PBS), in July 2021, exports dove to 5,889 tonnes ($ 25m) from 8,176 tonnes ($ 28m) in July 2020. The APT rate stood at $4,182 in July 2021 versus $3,465 in July 2020.
In August 2021, exports stood at 6,047 tonnes ($ 25m) as compared to 6,798 ($ 23m) in the very same month in 2020. The APT increased to $4,213 from $3,418 in the above period.
In the last ten years, exports hovered in the series of 56,000-85,000 tonnes.
Beef, mutton stay out of reach for numerous in Pakistan due to high costs
Pakistan’s meat exports have actually been having a hard time to take on the exporters of African nations that have been supplying competitive prices for deliveries to the Middle East markets than regional merchants, Handling Supervisor of PK Animals Tariq Mehmood Butt stated.
However, huge rupee decline against the buck from May 2021 till to date has actually offered a much breathing space for the merchants, he stated. Nevertheless, high local meat rates have actually diluted the favorable impact of rupee autumn versus the greenback. One buck was equal to Rs152 in May 2021 as contrasted to Rs169 now in the interbank market, Mr Butt included.
He discussed that the livestock mandi and quarantine charges were taken by the federal government, thus pushing up prices as well as decreasing competition of exportable items.
Pakistan exports 98pc of meat and meat preparations to the ME markets by air. The share of beef is 95pc of complete exports; he stated including that Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and also Sudan are providing a difficult time to Pakistani merchants.
Mr Butt believed that consumers’ purchasing power has continued to be depressed owing to increasing rates of different food products after the beginning of Covid-19 and regular market closures from February/March 2020 to date. Also in Pakistan, many consumers can not afford to buy expensive mutton and also beef, he included.
Looking dissatisfied over the official figures offered in Pakistan Economic Study (PES) FY21 relating to rising animals manufacturing, he declared that animals production has actually been falling for the last three years rather than revealing any type of development.
PES shows cattle, buffalo as well as goat production of 51.5 m, 42.4 m and 80.3 m in FY21 as contrasted to 47.8 m, 40m as well as 76.1 m in FY19. Beef as well as mutton manufacturing rose to 2,380,000 and also 765,000 tonnes in FY21 as compared to 2,227,000 and 732,000 tonnes in FY19.
He said that goat farmers have actually taken place back foot in the last 3 years while big pet growers have actually also become hesitant in the last 1.5 years in investing in livestock farming owing to reduced need set off by high meat rates and also inflationary trend in total food costs.
Speaking with Dawn, Chairman of Milk and Cattle Farmers Organization (DCFA) Shakir Umar Gujjar did not agree with the PES manufacturing figures of livestock, saying that these were based on approximated figure based on inter census growth rate of livestock census 1996 and 2006.
He stated calf bone and milk-producing cows are being slaughtered to meet the demand of meat which is leading to shortage of animals. He stated buffalo price is currently Rs450,000 as compared to Rs100,000 few years back.
Customers have been paying higher rates for veal as well as mutton meat for the last few years. Mutton markets in between Rs1,400-1,600 per kg as compared to Rs1,000 per kg three years back complied with by Rs720-750 as well as Rs820-850 per kg for veal with as well as without bones which are valued at Rs480 as well as Rs580 per kg. Meat vendors have been attributing climbing prices of meat to rising meat exports.