Chicken prices rising, as are bird flu cases
Prices of raw chickens in Delhi are witnessing a sharp
upward trend and the bird flu scare apparently has little to do with
The Indian Poultry Association in Ghazipur has stated that the reason for
this climb in orices has to do with a huge mismatch in demand and supply of
broiler chickens. Consequently, the wholesale price of chickens has
â€œThe demand for every thousand is being met with the supply of just about
700 chicken every day,â€ said president of the association Mohammad Umar Puppi.
He added that recently broiler chickens have been sold for Rs 48 per kg at
Ghazipur, which is almost Rs 10 above the usual price.
Delhi receives much of their broiler chickens from neighbouring Haryana and
Rajasthan. Severe cold temperatures during December and January have affected
breeding of chicken in these two states. â€œThe supply to Delhi has decreased by
35%, while the demand has remained constant,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, while the price of chicken is rising, the price of eggs is
coming down for completely different reasons. The reason, according to Md
Ibrahim Egg Traders, is that some businesses have been taking eggs off of the
menu because of bird flu
fears. "In the past one week, we have seen a 25%
decrease in the demand for eggs,â€ said Mohammad Ibrahim. However, he feels that
the demand will pick-up soon.
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