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Goat meat is in vogue
Publish Date: Mar 27, 2014
Goat meat is in vogue
Goats meat on the stalls of Nakawa market, Photo: Nicholas Oneal
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By Alice Namutebi and David Lumu

GOAT meat is in vogue. With Kampala's middle class fast embracing it as a social status delicacy, the goat has moved from dinghy butcher shops and expanded to mainstream markets.

Social symbol
A journey to the butcher shops is no longer a preserve for the housewife. Today, scores of people who desire to hang out end up at the butcher shop.


They savour goat's meat in all its forms. Charcoal roasted on skewers, boiled or deep fried.

With the appetite for goat meat on the rise, traders are reaping the dividends. They are optimistic about the future of the goat meat industry in Uganda.

Goats' meat or mutton?

 

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Jamil Kikomeko a butcher at Nakawa market admits that goat meat sells at a higher price compared to mutton or cow's meat because it is a healthier

Lean meat compared to the rest
Goats are much easier to farm and thrive in hot climates,
feed on almost any kind of vegetation and are less prone to diseases compared to others.

The demand for goat's meat is now high (Photos by Nicholas Oneal)

He admits that due to the high demand, some unscrupulous traders have resorted to lacing goat’s meat with mutton.

" A kilogram of meat costs sh10,000 and the demand today surpasses the supply. As result, some traders now mix goat's meat with mutton, which has dented the image of the business," he explains.

Annual demand
Kikomeko says that the demand for goats used to be seasonal and the occassional clients were witch doctors, Ascot Goat race partcipants and individuals who purchased them during festive seasons like Christmas, Easter and Idd.

He adds that on a good working day, he retires at midday. Reason: no more goat’s meat to sell.

He buys a 45kg goat at Sh300,000 and sells each kilogramme at Sh10,000 at his stall in Nakawa. Kikomeko earns Sh3m per month from goat’s meat.

 

 

 

Evelyn Natukunda, a small scale restaurant proprietor at Nakawa market, says she earns more from her goat’s meat stew compared to beef stew irrespective of the price. In her estimation, the new Gold in Uganda is goat meat and once you discover it, you cannot go wrong.


Additional reporting by:  David Lumu, Moses Kimera, Ruth Nakawagi, Emmanuel Buufu, Catherine Lutwama, Nicholas Oneal
 

 

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