The grasshopper season has compelled butchers in Kabale municipality to slash the price of beef by more than half so as to attract customers.
A kilogram of beef in Kabale municipality now costs Shs 5000 from Shs 9000. Goat meat has remained at Shs 10,000. Some of the butchers interviewed by this publication say that they were compelled to slash the price of beef after realizing that most of their customers have resorted to buying grasshoppers locally known as, “Nsenene.”
Several people in Kabale have been spending sleepless nights over the past three weeks harvesting grasshoppers. A mug of grasshoppers in Kabale municipality goes for Shs 1500.
Alex Arineitwe, one of the butchers in Kabale central market, says the grasshopper season has taken a huge toll on their business. Arinaitwe claims that he has lost almost half of his customers because of the prevalence of the grasshoppers.
He explains that most of his customers have substituted meat with grasshoppers because they are cheap, which has compelled them to slash the price of beef.
Naris Turyatunga, another butcher says that the meat he would sell in one day before the grasshopper season, now takes up to three days. Aidah Kyarisiima, a resident of Bungongi in Northern division in Kabale municipality, says she put aside her charcoal business to catch grasshoppers, which are on high demand.
Tugumisirize says that the grasshopper business pays more and doesn’t wear them out like charcoal. Kyarisiima also says that she is working hard to make sure that the money she reaps from selling grasshoppers helps her clear her bank loan.
Bosco Muhwezi, a resident of Kigongi in Central division Kabale municipality says that he will think of buying meat for his family when the grasshopper season is over. Muhwezi says that he and his wife can’t afford missing cooked grasshoppers everyday because they are very delicious.