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Iran says domestic meat supply rose 52% y/y in December

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Iran’s domestic meat supply rose 52% year on year in December to 55,000 metric tons.

Figures by the Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) shows there was a major boost to domestic meat supply in the country in December, when authorities were seeking to ease export bans to reduce a surplus that had negatively affected the prices in the local market.

SCI figures published in a Wednesday report by the IRIB News showed that red meat production in Iran rose 52% year on year in the calendar month to December 21 to a total of 54,947 metric tons.

Beef and veal accounted for 52.4% of the total supply in December while lamb and mutton rose to nearly 40%, said the SCI as it insisted the output was only related to figures obtained from licensed abattoirs in Iran.

The report said domestic red meat supply in Iran had dropped by 0.3% against the calendar month to November 21.

The figures come amid reports suggesting the Iranian government was seeking to remove a ban on exports of livestock from the country in December to ease a growing oversupply that had weighed on prices.

However, a decision to allow livestock exports was cancelled earlier this month over concerns it might cause unbearable price hikes in the domestic market.

Industry sources said on Wednesday that the government had issued a permit for exports of 350,000 tons of livestock in late November.

They said, however, that farmers decided to release their livestock from quarantine facilities meant for exports after they were told that overseas shipments had stalled at only 2,000 tons in early January.

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