A joint coordination meeting of various civil society organizations in Mokokchung district earlier on 12 March unanimously resolved to prohibit the import of pigs from outside the district until local pork prices stabilized. However, fifteen days after the resolution, pork remains unavailable in the Mokokchung market, indicating that the issue of pork prices has yet to be resolved.

Upon conversing with the civil society representatives of Mokokchung, this newspaper learned that the decision to prohibit pork imports stems from what they describe as an ‘unreasonable and random increase’ in pork rates with no explanation. Additionally, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) expressed the view that the pricing dynamics in Mokokchung district should not be compared to those of other districts within the state, as they assert that Mokokchung’s circumstances are different.

This prompted CSOs from Mokokchung town, Changtongya, Mangkolemba, Tuli, and Tzudikong to come together and impose this ban. Moreover, with the local pork market open, the civil society also sees this move as an opportunity for local entrepreneurs and said that it will be beneficial if individuals willing can also seize the opportunity.

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Curious to learn more about the causes of the price surge in detail, Mokokchung Times reached out to a pork supplier from Assam.

It is worth noting that pork consumption in Northeastern states has been much higher than pig production, leading to imports from states like Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.

The supplier informed Mokokchung Times that pigs are imported from other states and sold at four points in the Northeast: Shillong, Dimapur, Tuli, and Tripura. It was also learned that, due to the swine flu outbreak in 2022, there was significant swine mortality across states, leaving pig rearers hesitant to resume previous levels of production. This has resulted in a diminished supply that fails to meet the region’s high demand, according to the supplier.

“There is low supply and high demand. This has led to the increase in price,” the supplier told Mokokchung Times. Moreover, the supplier shed light on the challenges posed by traders from other states, like Punjab and Haryana, who are demanding uniform pricing within Nagaland. These traders insist on parity with prices set by wholesalers in Dimapur, creating tension in the supply chain.

It is worth mentioning that the wholesale rate of pork was revised from Rs 215 to Rs 255 per kg by the Dimapur Municipal Council on 23 February 2024, while the price of dressed pork saw an increase from the existing Rs 300 to Rs 350 per kg. These revisions, according to DMC, were made after thorough deliberation, including a comparative study of rates from neighboring states submitted by a sub-committee, and considering the grievances shared by the Pork Butcher Union, Dimapur, and Pork Wholesaler, Dimapur.

The supplier is also responsible for distributing pigs to various districts including Mokokchung, Zunheboto, Mon, Tuensang, and Wokha. Meanwhile, the Butchers’ Union of Mokokchung and Mokokchung CSOs has been vocal in advocating for a reduction in prices to alleviate the burden on consumers.

The supplier informed that so far, he had not communicated with the CSOs in Mokokchung nor have the Mokokchung CSOs contacted him.

As Mokokchung grapples with the repercussions of the pork shortage and price surge, the situation underscores the need for collaborative efforts and dialogue between the CSOs and stakeholders in the pork supply chain to restore stability to the local market.

Mokokchung Times

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