The price of beef is rising in Iran, joining the trend toward higher food prices in the country. ILNA reports that the head of the Beef Syndicate announced that restrictions on livestock imports is the major cause of the price increase. “In the past, meat was imported from Brazil, Australia and Pakistan but now it has been stopped,” said Ali Khandan.

The president of the Association of Poultry Producers also reported on Wednesday August 20 that the price of chicken is set to rise following demands from association members.

Mohammad Yousefi maintained that the government could have prevented the price increase by offering subsidies to producers, adding that the current prices leave producers with a minimal profit margin.