No leg piece on plate: Chicken prices skyrocket in Andhra, broiler sells at Rs 310 per kilo

Vijayawada: Chicken prices have skyrocketed in Andhra Pradesh with broiler selling at Rs 310 per kilo.

K Adinarayana of Broiler Chicken Industry, Andhra Pradesh, said the average demand for broiler chicken has dropped to 6.5 lakh kgs from eight lakh kgs per day due to the closure of restaurants and fast-food counters.

Supply of birds have decreased as farmers have stopped production after incurring losses in February and March when most people stopped consuming chicken after rumors spread that they may be carrying coronavirus.

Since there is a huge gap between the demand and supply, the prices have gone up.

A few days ago, the broiler chicken was selling at Rs 230 a kilo. However, it has skyrocketed to Rs 310 a kg in Vijayawada and Vizag.

“The price of country chicken has shot up to Rs 700 a kg,” said G Gopi, a chicken lover in Vijayawada city.

Similarly, the mutton is sold at Rs 800 to Rs 900 a kg.

At present, the chickens in the hatcheries are weighing between 900 gms and 1100 gms. “Only those birds weighing 1.5 kg to 2.2 kg can be consumed. The prices of broiler chicken will stabilize in the third week of June” said a farmer.

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