Like others socioeconomic sectors, coronavirus has made an adverse effects on supply-demand chain of poultry products among cities and villages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where chicken’s price was surged to record Rs296 per kilogram.
The poultry products including chicken was beyond the purchasing power of low income class during the holy month of Ramazan.
Prior to the pandemic, a poultry farm chicken was available on Rs160 per kilogram in local markets but now-a-days it was being sold at Rs 296 at Peshawar after its supply was slightly affected from others provinces and districts due to travel restrictions.
Vice President, KP Poultry Association, Ashraf Khan told APP that coronavirus had marred poultry business viz-a-viz affected supply-demand chain among provinces and inter districts.
He said thousands of laborers attached with about 3,300 poultry farms including 148 controlled sheds and 300 eggs production units were hit hard by coronavirus pandemic in KP.
“Majority of poultry farms are located in Hazara and Malakand Divisions from where poultry supply has been affected owing travelling restrictions and lockdowns that caused substantial increase in prices of chicken in Peshawar” he said.
Besides transportation cost, he said prices day-old chicks, broiler eggs and poultry food were also enhanced, causing a substantial increase in prices of the commodity during Ramazan.
Ashraf said the poultry sector was producing about 11 million day-old chicks in a month with the help of 1.5 million people attached directly or indirectly with the industry.—APP