CHICKEN PRICES ON THE RISE
The poultry industry practically showed it by not following the rates of chicken and live bird on Sunday. The price of the live bird was fixed at Rs171-179 per kilogram while it was sold Rs220 to 240 per kilogram. Further, chicken meat price was fixed at Rs260 per kg and it sold at Rs350 to 400 per kg in the different localities of the city.
LAHORE: The Punjab government on Sunday constituted a committee comprised of the industry, traders, market representatives, and therefore the officialdom to review the problems and submit the proposal for the worth fixation of chicken.
The poultry industry refused to sell chicken at the govt fixed rates justifying the demand and provide a mechanism, increase in cost and lack of chicken production occurred thanks to COVID-19 lockdown. The poultry industry officials said they didn't accept as true with the govt fixed rates but agreed to constitute the committee to organize the proposals for the poultry industry and costs. Three members of the committee represent the poultry industry while one poultry trader and Secretary Livestock are other members, the industry officials said.
Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal expressed his anger to the poultry industry on betraying from commitment and agreed rates of the chicken for Eid holidays. He said that the govt would protect the people’s interests and wouldn't allow any mafia to take advantage of the overall public. He warned of taking all-out action to guard the people’s interest.
The poultry industry delegation headed by the Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Chairman Muhammad Farghum alongside Rai Mansab Ali, Raza Mehmood et al. said the value of chicken production increased while industry was facing crisis besides the decline in productivity. They asked for fixing a price mechanism that benefits consumers and every one stakeholder alongside established writ of the govt. They assured all possible support to the govt.
Earlier, the poultry industry and minister for industries and production made price agreement of chicken for Eid holidays at Rs260 per kilogram. However, the worth wasn't implemented. The minister expressed anger on betraying the commitment by the poultry industry and taking action against them after Eid. He had declared that the govt wouldn't negotiate with the poultry industry anymore rather it might take action.
However, regardless of all claims made by the minister for industries and trade of taking action, he called the poultry industry again for negotiation and accepted the demand by constituting a committee rather than taking action against them. The poultry industry official confirmed that the govt wouldn't intervene within the price until the committee recommendations while no such price fixation orders of the govt would be accepted.
The poultry industry practically showed it by not following the rates of chicken and live birds on Sunday. the worth of the live bird was fixed at Rs171-179 per kilogram while it had been sold Rs220 to 240 per kilogram. Further, chicken price was fixed at Rs260 per kg and it sold at Rs350 to 400 per kg within the different localities of the town.
An official of the district management said that thanks to demanding and provide gap the speed fixed by the govt for the chicken wasn't implemented. He said that when the district administration raided the chicken shops, the shopkeepers closed the shops which created shortages. The closing of the chicken shops gave an advantage to known butcheries cool-chain shops within the city. These butcheries always charged higher rates than the govt fixed price of chicken while no action was initiated against them, the official admitted.
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