In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Lawan attributed the fall to the consumption of fish due to a campaign by health officials asking the public to consume more fish than meat due to the health benefits.
“Ghanaians have had great taste for both beef and mutton since the 1960s, but of late things have changed as people prefer to buy fish as compared to meat,” he said.
“Even the rich people who used to consume a lot of meat have switched their attention to fish citing health reasons,” he added.
Mr Albert Attoh, Executive Member of the Makola Butchers Association, said members of the association had also recorded low sales but attributed it to the importation of foreign meat and parts of livestock.
“These include the importation of foreign products such as intestines, liver and cow legs, as one of the major reasons affecting the market,” he said.
He noted that people preferred to buy the foreign meat products, especially the cow legs, popularly known as “kotodwe” because they looked bigger and more attractive than the local ones.
Mr Attoh appealed to government to regulate the activities of abattoirs in the country to ensure that they operate in clean environment.