Chicken price rises to Rs 360 per kg

Published On: January 29, 2020 08:52 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The price of chicken has increased to Rs 360 per kg.

A meeting of Nepal Chicken Sellers Association held in Kathmandu decided to raise the price by Rs 15 per kg citing high mortality of chicks during winter. The new price came into effect from Monday itself.

"Not only are chicks dying, the rate of hatching success also falls during winter months. This has led to low supply in the market which resulted in price hike," Junga Bahadur BC, president of the association told Republica. "Chicks cannot survive without proper care in these chilly days."

BC also said farmers generally reduce number of chicks in their farms during winter months due to high mortality rate.

Last month, poultry entrepreneurs destroyed six million chicks across the country and hatcheries stopped producing chicks for 10 days to increase price of chicken by bringing down supplies in the market. They defended their move stating that it was necessary to get return on their investment.

Janak Poudel, chairperson of Nepal Poultry Farmers Association, said the poultry prices have gone up due to middlemen. "These people smuggled cheaper poultry products into the country from India and send them to the market. As Indian poultry products are cheaper compared to ours, Nepali farmers are not getting buyers," he said. He, however, is hopeful that the price will come down soon as days will start getting warmer very soon.

Nepal is self-sufficient in poultry products. However, farmers often complain that they are not getting fair prices for their products as the market is flooded by cheaper Indian imports. Though the government has put a ban on poultry imports from India to ensure that Nepal's poultry farmers get better returns, some unscrupulous traders are still bringing poultry products from India.

However, consumers allege that poultry industry players join hands to arbitrarily raise prices.

“The price of chicken is going up as there isn't sufficient supply in the market. Many farmers are diverting to other profession as they are getting low return on their investment. Also, they are not getting desired support from the government side,” added BC.



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