Winter Season, Smuggling Blamed For Hike In Poultry Prices

Poultry prices in the twin cities have witness a surge in last two weeks due to changing weather and wedding season which created a gap of supply and demand.

ISLAMABAD, (Poultry Point - 15th Nov, 2018 ) :Poultry prices in the twin cities have witness a surge in last two weeks due to changing weather and wedding season which created a gap of supply and demand.
A price variation of Rs10-20 per kilogram of live broiler chicken was noticed and its prices went up from Rs 170- to 190. While retailers were even charging Rs 190-200 for the same in various markets of the twin cities including Aabpara , Gol Market, Golden Market, G-8 Markaz, Karachi Company G-9, G-11, G-13, Faizabad, Commercial Centre and Saddar Rawalpindi. The prices of eggs also surged and now they were being sold at Rs120-140 a dozen.
A government employee Mubashar Hasssan talking to APP said that chicken was an only affordable commodity to fulfill protein source but now it was too going beyond their buying approach.

A whole sale dealer of the chicken meat in G-13 Noor Khan blamed poultry cartel for increase in prices and said they were responsible to fix rates on daily basis. "We are at their mercy and the district administration was paying no heed to it," he added.

A source in the market, requesting not to be named said, over 50 per cent poultry products were being smuggled to Afghanistan, Iran and some other neighboring countries for high profits.

A house wife, Sadia Babar said her husband used to bring chicken meat thrice a week but now it was only feasible once a week.

When contacted Chairman Market Committee ICT said the major reason behind the hike was prevailing wedding season which as a chunk of the total production was exhausted in these events.

Another reason for hike in prices was poultry farmers who were now using heaters and burning wood to provide their chickens a climate control environment which they say costs them heavily for high electric tariffs and costly wood.

He said the farmers had to import feed from Brazil and from other countries which was also an element associated with the price hike.The increase in fuel prices was another factor which enhances the cost of production of the edibles, he added.

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