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Meat prices in Turkey increased by 260 percent

According to a report on the web site named Doğruluk Payı (Share of Truth, a fully independent initiative of the Dialogue Society for the Common Future which aims to contribute to making the political actors in Turkey more accountable and voters more knowledgeable), CHP Bursa deputy Orhan Sarıbal at the press conference he organized in the Parliament noted that the consumption of red meat is low in Turkey and remarked that wrong policies caused a gradually decrease in agricultural and livestock activities and that consequently imports started in these sectors. Pointing to the figures on imports of meat, Sarıbal noted that experienced problems could not be solved through imports and that meat prices continued to increase in Turkey while decreasing in the world.

Meat prices in Turkey increased by 260 percent in the last 12 years

Doğruluk Payı web site conducted an analysis by using the FAO Food Price Index, TÜİK (Turkish Statistical Institute) Commodity Basket and Average Commodity Prices, and the prices published by Turkey’s National Red Meat Council. According to this analysis, the average price of calf, sheep, poultry and fish meat per kilogram was 6,5 TL in 2003, but this amount increased to 23,4 TL as of December 2015, according to the data of the TÜİK.

Between 2003 and 2015, an increase in meat prices by 2.6 times in total occurred. However, in this period, the increase in meat prices in the world was limited to about 60 percent. According to the data of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), meat prices have tended to decrease after 2014, after significant increases especially since 2009.

According to Turkey’s National Red Meat Council’s red meat prices data, in the last two years, red meat prices in Turkey have increased by 32.4%, while meat prices in the world have fallen by 8.2% in the same period.

The result that “There is some truth in Sarıbal’s claim” has been reached in the analysis of the web site in which it is said that “On the overall assessment, the data of the TÜİK, the National Red Meat Council and the UN FAO support CHP Bursa deputy Orhan Sarıbal’s assertion.”

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