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Central African Republic Socio-Political Crisis Affecting Fishing Industry

21 November 2014

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - The Central African Republic's livestock and fishing sectors have been severely affected by the ongoing socio-political crisis and recent erratic rainfall.

Fish supplies declined by about 40 per cent from pre-crisis levels due to insecurity in fishing areas and loss of fishing equipment.

Prices of fish increased, mainly as a result of trade disruptions. Prices of fish, which show a marked volatility since early 2013, in August 2014 were at the same levels than in August 2013, but 43 percent higher than in December 2012.

The decline in livestock numbers from last year due to theft, looting and mass slaughter of animals is estimated at 67 per cent for cattle and 77 per cent for small livestock and poultry, a daunting task for the future recovery of the overall agricultural sector.

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