The position that we will have a big problem at Easter, expressed the President of the Association of Butchers
Cyprus celebrated Friday (16/02) yesterday (16/02) and as expected the goslings and the goslings flooded the streets of the cities. The President of the Butchers' Association, Kostas Livadiotis, spoke to “SPORT FM 95.0” and the program “DISPLAY NEWS” about the amount of consumption and also about the preferences of Cypriots in meat.
According to Mr. Livadiotis, the lambs slaughtered for Tsiknopempti were around five thousand while the pork was more as the citizens prefer it due to inflation. In fact, yesterday, the ribs were in short supply as there was a great demand, especially in Nicosia, with restaurants looking for quantities until the last minute.
As he noted, the consumption of lamb in Cyprus amounted to around 10-12 kg per year, while the worldwide average is below one kilogram per year. However, consumption began to decrease due to the increase in prices.
When asked if preparations are being made for the quantities of meat that will be consumed at Easter, Mr. Livadiotis clarified: “We are not making any preparations, those who they had to do, the butchers and the shepherds, they have gone bankrupt, they have left the market”. some pig farmers also left the market recently. He explained that Europe also presents a problem as it is a large producer. “The international situation is very difficult with the war in Ukraine and the prices of grain which are twice as much”, he clarified.
In relation to the prices, he estimated that they will be kept at the same levels, i.e. at 12-13 euro for the lamb. “Many believe that prices will increase, to 14-15 euros for lamb and 7-8 euros for pork, but since we are a small state, I believe that prices will be maintained.”