Prices of chicken, chilli rise in city

Dhaka,  Sat,  24 June 2017
Published : 15 Jun 2017, 22:18:35
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Weekly Kitchen Market

Prices of chicken, chilli rise in city

Traders blame low supply amid high demand
FE Report


Prices of chicken and chilli increased further in the city's markets last week, raising woes of consumers, already hit hard by rocketing trend of the essentials.

Price of broiler chicken, the cheapest of the meat sources, increased to Tk 155-165 a kg, and that of layer to Tk 185-195 a kg in the city's kitchen markets on Thursday, showing Tk 10 hike in a week.

Indigenous chicken price increased by Tk 20 and was sold at Tk 400-420 a kg, while Pakistani variety price surged by Tk 10 and sold at Tk 230-240 a kg.

Belayet Hossain, a chicken trader at Mirpur Section 2, said the demand for chicken has increased significantly, resulting in a hike in their prices at farm level. Following the rise in demand, chicken farms have raised the prices recently.

Besides, prices of beef and fish have been showing a high trend for months, which also fuelled up the prices of chicken, especially that of broiler, layer and Pakistani variety.

"I bought broiler at Tk 14,600 per 100 kg from a farm at Tongi on Wednesday, which was Tk 14,000-14,200 a week back," he added.  

General Secretary of Bangladesh National Poultry Farms Protection Council (BNPFPC) Khandker Mohammad Mohsin said the prices of chicken have witnessed a nominal hike - by Tk 2-3 a kg - in last one week.

He said spells of heavy rain in many places might have caused plunge in production and the subsequent price surge.

He also informed the FE that it costs minimum Tk 142 to get one kg broiler following higher prices of day-old chicks and poultry feed.

Meanwhile, imported garlic price witnessed a slight decline and was sold at Tk 290-310 a kg on Thursday.

Prices of green chilli increased by Tk 20 and sold at Tk 55-Tk 80 based on quality, which traders attributed to heavy rain that disrupted its supply.  

Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) Secretary Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan said the surge in broiler chicken prices is battering the consumers.

He said limited-income people are the ultimate sufferers of the ongoing price volatility, as the prices of essentials, like - rice, fish, beef, chicken and sugar etc, have witnessed a notable hike in last six months.

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