Chicken Prices in Pakistan and particularly in Karachi are always varying depending on the production, weather and other factors. Currently the chicken rates in Karachi are less than Rs. 100/kg.
In Karachi the price list for poultry products which includes chicken and egg prices is released by Commissioner of Karachi. The prices have decreased recently and according to the latest price list the cost is as follows:
- Broiler Chicken at Rs. 98/kg
- Chicken meat at Rs. 152/kg
- Egg at Rs. 84/dozen, for wholesale market
- Egg at Rs. 87/dozen, for retail market
The cost of Rs. 98/kg is for live broiler chicken and the price of Rs. 152/kg is for clean chicken meat without liver.
These rates have declined recently especially due to Eid-ul-Azha. Each year the poultry rates decline after Bakra Eid. It is because the demand for chicken declines with easy availability of mutton and beef.This phenomenon is repeated each year when the prices go down with Eid-ul-Adha.
On the contrary during Ramazan the prices go up from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 because of high demand and other unknown factors. Despite continuous efforts and complaints by customers repetitive governments have failed to control the prices.
Beef and mutton price for today are as follows:
- Beef with bones at Rs. 270/kg
- Beef without bones Rs. 310.kg
- Mutton at Rs. 550/kg
The prices of beef & mutton has also decreased because of Eid-ul-Adha while just few months ago beef was being sold at Rs.460 with bones and at Rs. 560/kg without bone. While the hike in mutton was much greater with per kg prices going up to Rs. 900.
The chicken prices can also shoot during different parts of the year, such as in winter or when the demand is increased. During such time the price can increase up to Rs. 300/kg or may even go higher.
Poultry farmers also complain of non-cooperation from government for this sector. According to World Health Organization (WHO) eggs and meat consumption in Pakistan is lower than required.
[junkie-alert style=”green”] In Pakistan egg consumption per capita is only 65-70 while the world average is 160 eggs and the consumption in developed countries is up to 300 per capita annually. Similarly meat consumption in Pakistan is 32 kg while the world average is more than 80 kg per capita. [/junkie-alert]
Higher consumption will not only fulfill the nutrient need of average Pakistani but will also increase the poultry business in the country with a more stable pricing policy.
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