The government will raise the livestock value chain to match its weight in the economy (Ousmane Sonko)

The government will raise the livestock value chain to match its weight in the economy (Ousmane Sonko)
The government will raise the livestock value chain to match its weight in the economy (Ousmane Sonko)

The Prime Minister, Ousmane Sonko, promised, Tuesday, in Diamniadio, that the government will work to raise the livestock value chain to the height of the weight of this sub-sector in the income-generating activities of a large part of the population and for the satisfaction of domestic needs. Ousmane Sonko spoke at the closing of the Interministerial Council devoted to preparations for the Tabaski festival. The meeting brought together several members of the government, breeders and economic operators as well as financial partners at the Diamniadio International Conference Center (CICAD).

“By rereading, yesterday, the list of decisions resulting from the Interministerial Council held last year, on the same problem, I realized that we are engaging in the same exercise today: setting out a string of short-term measures to deal with the urgency of a strong demand from our fellow citizens on the occasion of this event”, explained the Prime Minister who believes that “this governmental improvisation, the result of an absence of political vision, is the cause of the difficult situation that lives most Senegalese.”
According to the Prime Minister, “this practice does not correspond to the doctrine of food sovereignty” set out in the government program, which “includes the question of self-sufficiency in the field of livestock farming”, he indicated, stressing that “in a more structural manner, the government will endeavor to raise the livestock value chain to match the weight of this sub-sector in the income-generating activities of a large part of the population and for the satisfaction of domestic needs of the Senegalese,” he notably indicated.
Regarding the high prices of animal products, Ousmane Sonko cited data from the National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD), according to which, “the average prices of meat from mutton and beef increased drastically from 2014 to 2023.”

“The price of a kilogram of mutton increased from 2782 to 4338 francs, an increase of 1556 FCFA in absolute value and 56% in relative value, the price of a kilogram of beef increased from 2319 to 3780, i.e. an increase of 1461 FCFA in absolute value and 63% in relative value,” he explained, stressing that “this situation is unbearable from a socio-economic point of view, unacceptable in view of the enormous potential of the country at the agro-pastoral level , and challenges us all.”

He stressed that Tabaski is also “a time of high consumption of livestock feed and market garden products, notably onions and potatoes”.

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