Festivities affect production and prices
Festivities surrounding the celebrations of Ramadan
have led to increased demand for commodities including poultry meat and
Pakistan reports that poultry prices have settled again after reaching
Rs102 per kg retail price during the first week of the holy month (1.00 Pakistan
Rupee = 0.013 Euro).
Although poultry prices fell Rs4 per kg in wholesale and retail, the rates
for live broilers were still unjustified at Rs98 per kg at retail. A day prior
to the beginning of Ramadan, broilers were available at Rs92.
According to market sources the majority of consumers in Pakistan had
purchased items well in advance amid fears of price flare-ups.
In a statement, the department said a survey showed that the production of
local chicken meat has increased. For the month of October, production is
expected to reach 954,465 chickens, equivalent to 1,413 metric tonnes. This is
an increase of 7.2 percent in comparison to the same period in 2005. For October
2006, the production of local chicken eggs is expected to be 9.937 million, an
increase of two percent compared with the same month in 2005.
Based on the anticipated sufficient supply, the department urged
wholesalers and retailers not to increase the price of the food items.
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