Meat prices increase due to shortages of meat supplies within the country today.

The Livestock department reports Shefa province has low count of cattles compared to past.

Lonny Bong, Director of Livestock says out of the cattle numbers going to abbatoires, somewhere around 52 percent come from the small farmers.

He says no they are no longer supplying cattles as much as before.

Director Bong says there is need to address the issue.