Meat Consumption Trends in Some Selected Households in Accra Ghana
Keywords:Households, meat, consumption, ham, bacon, patronage
We assessed household meat consumption trends in 188 households in some suburbs in Accra. Only 8.5% of the 188 households used meat in their menu daily, 53.2% used meat in their menu once a week, 2.9% used meat only during weekends. 9% rarely used meat in their menu. The major sources of meat for the households were; cold stores, the open market, Fast food joints and Super markets. Chicken was most patronised at 45.2%, beef 22.9%, chevon 21.3%, grasscutter 7.4%, pork 2.1% and mutton 1.1%. Consumers considered taste most when buying meat, then nutritional value, fat content, meat availability and its affordability.
Households reasons for their low patronage of pork and grasscutter were; fat contents 56.9% , expensiveness 17.6% and a taboo, 25.5%. Meat products patronised by households were; sausage 33.5%, bacon 18.6%, ham 16.5% and 31.4% of households would not patronise any meat product. Only 6.9% of households expected increase in meat consumption trends, 74.5% expected a decrease and 18.6% expected it to be static.
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