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Sakartvelo facing “shashlik revolution”?2011-06-14 11:34
Reforms held by the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia led to a jump in beef prices in the capital of the republic. Officials attribute the necessity of the actual introduction of monopoly for cattle slaughtering to the necessity of meeting the sanitary standards and the illegal business control. However, the majority of people are sure that this is the way the corrupt authorities try to protect their close businessmen's interests - not for nothing, of course.
Who told you that Jason went to the Ancient Colchis in search of Golden Fleece? Just treat this liar with the famous Georgian shashlik and he will regret his words. The Black Sea shore could attract the mythic hero solely by toothsome meat of local lambs and not by some gilded skin. Large parties and the rich variety of courses, primarily beef and lamb, have long become a real symbol of Georgia. However, since recently, the residents of the republic have been facing the risk of losing the status of the most hospitable hosts in the Caucasus. The reason for that is a deep crisis in the food sphere that resulted from rather doubtful decisions of the authorities.
Let us remind you that since recently, legal cattle slaughtering with further realization of meat products in Tbilisi is allowable only at the plants in Teleti and Mukhrani. Such order was issued by the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture. The disobedient vendors will pay a fine of 2000 laris. Such a situation led to an abrupt jump in prices, primarily of beef. Now the customers have to pay about 18 laris per kilo for the joy of tasting fresh beef, though just some time ago, it could be bought for a sum that is one and a half times cheaper.
Experts attribute the inflation jump to a monopolist in the market that appeared due to the authorities' efforts - the Ibermeat company owning the largest meat processing plant. However, the firm management has already stricken a return blow at the critics. In the opinion of Technical Director of the company David Barabadze, the price meat growth was caused by the actions of the competitors dissatisfied with the terms on which meat products are realized in the capital. "I believe the boom has been worked up deliberately and there are those who are interested in the price growth. In our chain, meat prices did not change. We are working legally; we do not conceal anything and pay taxes.