In the Ivory Coast, delegates from most of the West African countries have attended a conference to consider ways of easing the serious meat shortage in the area.
GV Meat market in Abidjan
SV Meat hanging on hooks. People buying at meat market(5 shots)
GV Cattle grazing on arid pastureland (7 shots)
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SV & CU Mr. Dicoh Garba speaking(5 shots) and people listening
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Background: In the Ivory Coast, delegates from most of the West African countries have attended a conference to consider ways of easing the serious meat shortage in the area. The shortage was caused by the serious draught that has affected many countries in Africa, particularly those which border the Sahara region. The four-day conference began in Abidjan on Tuesday (14 March).
SYNOPSIS: For the consumer, the price of meat in the market has been rising continuously. At the same time the quality has been falling, as the drought has killed off the grass on the grazing land. The conference in Abidjan, organised by the Economic Community of West Africa (C.E.A.O.), was aimed at considering practical steps which should be taken towards restoring normal supplies for the region.
In the economy of West Africa, cattle rearing occupies a major place in the economy. For the countries of the Community -- the Ivory Coast, Upper Volta, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal -- the conference was therefore not only considering the problem of feeding their people, but also examining a very real threat to the national economy as well. One of the recommendations was an increase in financial help for farmers.
The member nations of C.E.A.O. were jointed at the conference by delegates from their neighbours in the region: Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo.
The conference was opened by Mr. Dicoh Garba, the Minister of Animal Production. He stressed the gravity of the problem, which he said had been accentuated by unfavourable world economic conditions. When the delegates discussed aid to the farmers, it was noted that the increased profits from the present high price of meat had gone, not to the growers, but to middlemen controlling distribution.