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Poultry products back in demand

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Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 17

Poultry products are back in demand after their prices fell drastically last month amid the Covid-19 scare.

Now, the price of chicken has increased and it is selling at Rs 220 per kg while the boneless variety is being sold at Rs 340 per kg. The price hike is due to supply shortage as farmers reduced their output due to weak demand. Experts, however, believe that poultry prices had already peaked, with a minimal chance to rise further from here.

Mohinder Singh, owner of Ranjit Poultry Centre, said the sale of poultry items had picked up in the past few days even as hotels and marriage places were still closed. He said prices were hiked as earlier, when the demand was low, poultry farm owners were not able to provide proper feed to birds and some had to sell birds at throwaway prices as well.

Moreover, as transportation of birds from Haryana is not allowed, there is a shortage of supply as well. Atul Garg, a city resident, said "This is totally wrong as in normal days, boneless chicken is sold at Rs 250 per kg, but nowadays, it is selling at Rs 350 per kg."

He said the district administration should keep a check on the prices of poultry products during the crisis. It is pertinent to mention that in the wake of the Covid outbreak, the sale of poultry products and eggs witnessed a decline as citizens were avoiding eating chicken and eggs. Poultry owners had to face huge losses during this period.

Prices Soar
Rs 220 price of chicken per kg
Rs 340 per kg for boneless variety

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