Price policy induced distortions: undermining incentives to slaughter stall-fed cattle in urban areas of northern Cameroon













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by
John S. Holtzman
Department of Agricultural Economics
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1039

alpan - AFRICAN LIVESTOCK POLICY ANALYSIS NETWORK

Network Paper No. 17
October 1988

INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK CENTRE FOR AFRICA (ILCA)

P.O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia · Tel: 18 32 15 · Telex: ADDIS 21207

The author gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University, USAID/Cameroon, and the Office of Rural and Institutional Development, Bureau for Science and Technology, USAID/Washington, which funded field research and write-up of the research results under the Alternative Rural Development Strategies Cooperative Agreement (IAD/ta-CA-3). Helpful comments and advice were provided by Michael T. Weber, Carl K. Eicher, Harold Riley, Eric Crawford, Tom Zalla, Tjaart Schillhorn van Veen, Larry Lev, David J. Campbell and Carl Liedholm.

Editor's note: Comments by Timothy Williams of ILCA and Solomon Bekure now with the World Bank provided useful inputs to the final version of this Network Paper.

This electronic document has been scanned using optical character recognition (OCR) software and careful manual recorrection. Even if the quality of digitalisation is high, the FAO declines all responsibility for any discrepancies that may exist between the present document and its original printed version.


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Introduction

Cattle stall-feeding in the Mandara Mountains Region

Increasing commercialization of stall-feeding

Promotion of stall-feeding

Wholesale butchers' procurement and slaughter practices

Retail beef prices

Urban butchers' costs and returns under existing procurement strategies

Potential effects of maintaining and relaxing price controls on urban slaughter of stall-fed cattle

Policy conclusions

Footnotes

References