Chicken prices down as supply rises

- BIMAL KHATIWADA, Chitwan

Sep 6, 2014-

Chicken prices in the district has dropped significantly over the last few weeks. The meat, which cost Rs 320 per kg three weeks ago, now costs Rs 220. Live chicken price has also come down to Rs 115 down from Rs 215.

“The price fell due to an increase in supply,” said Shankar Prasad Kadel, president of Nepal Chicken Market Management Association. “This is all because of illegally imported chicks from India.” It is estimated that around 500,000 kg chicken is consumed across the country per day, while the production stands at 600,000 kg.

The sudden drop in the prices has hit poultry farmers. Farmers say at Rs 115 per kg for live chicken, their cost is not recovered.

Kadel said illegal imports from Indian would not stop until the Livestock Office and the police tighten borders. There are around 3,000 small farmers in the western part of Lothar to the eastern side of Nawalparashi. The Chitwan Nawalpur Chicken Farmers Association (CNCFA) has 1,200 farmers associated.

Small farmers are the hardest hit. “Small farmers have been facing problems for a long,” said Deepak Pandey, coordinator of CNCFA Deepak Pandey. “Hence, we have united to break the foundation of illegal imports.”

It is estimated around 40,000 families are engaged in broiler chicken farming in the district.

 

Published: 07-09-2014 09:38

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