Chicken meat prices surge amid lack of govt action

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KARACHI: With Eidul Fitr only a couple of days away, poultry retail prices hit the highest-ever rate of up to Rs350-360 per kg for live bird, Rs520-640 for meat (with and without giblets) and Rs800 per kg for boneless, showing a jump of Rs100-150 per kg in the last one week.

Poultry sector people say that massive price hike was because of short supply of birds from the farms which are hit by “Rani Khet” disease, causing a huge loss of birds at the farms.

Chicken boneless meat price has come on a par with veal boneless meat selling at Rs800-850 per kg.

Neither the retailers nor any wholesalers have put on display any daily price list issu­ed by the Karachi commissioner while markets also lack any effective price regulatory mechanism. As a result, retailers are charging prices at their whims and taking full advantage of rising demand ahead of Eid.

Consumers are also facing same ordeal in red meat prices which have been raised by Rs150 per kg by traders in Ramazan, while the price regulator doesn’t bother to take any action and remains inactive.

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