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Ebola Fear Causes Bush Meat Sale To Dip In Grand Gedeh
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh Correspondent
ZWEDRU CITY, April 24 (LINA) –The sale of bush meat in markets in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, has dropped considerably since the Ebola virus scare hit Liberia, coupled with the high cost of the meat.
Before now, bush meat accounted for about 60 per cent of meat consumed in Grand Gedeh County, but frozen meat and fish are gradually replacing this traditional delicacy due to the Ebola virus scare and its high cost.
Meat sellers at the Zwedru Central Market told the Liberia News Agency during a recent survey that bush meat sellers are also experiencing a sharp decline in their business due to the hike in the price of the commodity.
They attributed this to the “harassment of hunters” by Forestry Development Authority (FDA) officials and the introduction of frozen meat products like pig parts, chicken, turkey and a variety of fish.
Some marketers warned that the Ebola-related restriction on bush meat could reduce tourism since many persons who visit the county opt for local menu like bitter roots in palm butter with bush meat.
At the central market in Zwedru, the Special Assistant at the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), Adio Nyema, maintained that bush meat is getting scarce because most people cannot afford even the cow meat which is sold by kilogram.
“So you expect consumers to buy chicken feet, fish and other frozen meat like turkey parts, which are cheaper, for their daily meals,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Grand Gedeh County General Superintendent of Markets Etta Tweh wants sellers to listen to the health advice relating to the consumption of bush meat, especially meat from monkeys and chimpanzees, which health authorities say carry the deadly Ebola virus.