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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15, 1967 — There is an acute short­age of mut­ton in Bulawayo. Some butch­ers said yes­ter­day it was “vir­tu­ally un­ob­tain­able”.

They added that be­cause they could only buy it “for what the pro­ducer de­manded”, mut­ton prices have gone up.

Some butch­ers said their prices were up by 3d a lb. Oth­ers said they had been forced to raise prices by 6d a lb.

But sev­eral butch­ers said there had been “no price change as far as we are con­cerned”. Com­pli­cat­ing the pic­ture is the scarcity of im­ported (New Zealand) mut­ton.

Butch­ers say it is very dif­fi­cult to ob­tain al­lo­ca­tions. Yet it is old at vary­ing prices. A few butch­ers said they made no dif­fer­ence in prices charged for lo­cal and im­ported mut­ton.

Oth­ers said im­ported mut­ton was “nat­u­rally “the more ex­pen­sive. Some said they had not had mut­ton in the shop “for weeks”.

One said: “Since beef prices went up there has been a ter­rific run on mut­ton. The price range varies from butch­ery, and from cut to cut. Roughly, it runs form 3s a lb for stew­ing mut­ton to ‘some­thing more than 5s’ for legs and loins of im­ported mut­ton. Butch­ers said they had no idea of their com­peti­tors’ prices.”

They were re­luc­tant to state-or guess-at the top price of im­ported mut­ton on of­fer to­day.

Mr WE McNair, deputy chair­man of the Mata­bele­land Mas­ter Butch­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion said: “There are no set prices. Mut­ton is prac­ti­cally un­ob­tain­able. There has been no dis­cus­sions or ar­range­ments on prices. They vary from butcher to butcher. The sit­u­a­tion is keenly com­pet­i­tive”.

He said the sea­sonal short­age of mut­ton had co­in­cided with the beef short­age and the rise in beef prices.

Mr MS Turner of the Cold Stor­age Com­mis­sion, said the CSC had not in­creased its price for mut­ton.

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