Al Jazeera’s Rosanna Daley reports from Istanbul on a busy supermarket in the city’s central Taksim Square, where people buy meat from the butcher’s shop.
A group of men in their early 20s are among the shoppers.
They are part of the group of farmers that began to stock up on the fresh meat after the Turkish government cut off the supply of fresh meat in March.
The cuts came after Turkey had failed to reach a trade agreement with the EU.
“I bought some meat from my neighbour who sells meat at a local meat store.
We had no money for a good quality beef, so I decided to buy meat that was not from the EU and we were able to make a profit,” said Mehmet Türk, a 30-year-old farmer.
“I bought fresh meat from Turkey from the supermarket, but I still have a lot of beef.”
Türks wife, who is a teacher, was among the customers buying meat from a butcher’s stall at the store.
“The prices are a bit low, but it’s not that much,” she said.
“My husband’s wife, on the other hand, is really happy.
It was a good decision.”‘
It’s hard to get good quality’ Türkeys wife and her husband had already started their own butcher’s operation when the EU imposed the cuts on Turkey.
“It’s not a big business for us, but we are happy,” she added.
“We are not making money on the sale of meat from our butcher, but there is still some meat left in the freezer.
It’s difficult to get the quality.
I think that the price of meat has fallen by 50-60% compared to last year.”
In March, Turkey’s Trade Minister Nurettin Canikli said Turkey would be able to resume the flow of fresh beef through the country’s Customs and Excise agency, after a temporary suspension was lifted in March 2017.
But Turkey has since been unable to reach an agreement with EU countries on a trade deal that would give it access to the bloc’s single market.
The Turkish government has also announced plans to raise the minimum wage in 2018 to 5,000 Turkish lira ($160), the same as other EU member states, and increase the minimum pension age to 65 by 2022.
In the past two years, Turkish farmers have been forced to import fresh meat and other ingredients for the meat they buy.
The country’s beef imports have declined by nearly 70 percent from the previous year.