There was a significant drop in the price of eggs and chicken in the month of Sawan. The chicken sold up to Rs 320 per kg has reached Rs 150 to 160. This has happened because non-vegetarian food is not eaten in Hindu families in Sawan. Such food is prohibited. The crowd of people in the surrounding chicken, fish and meat market is negligible.
Egg sales have also gone down. Therefore, due to the massive reduction in demand, there is a decline of 30 to 50 per cent in the price of chicken, meat and eggs. Broiler chicken is in the worst condition, and its prices have decreased for many reasons. One, people have stopped eating; secondly, it is not even being supplied from one state to another.
In many markets of South India, there has been a massive drop in the rate of eggs and chicken since Sunday. On Sunday, roasted broiler chicken is sold at Rs 150 to 170 per kg, while the unpeeled chicken is sold at Rs 95 per kg. A week ago, the price of chicken ranged from Rs 240 to Rs 260 a kg. In some places, its price had reached Rs 300 a kg.
Rates fell sharply in Andhra.
Andhra Pradesh is a big name in chicken production, and about five crore chickens are produced annually. There is a demand for 8 to 10 lakh broiler chickens daily in Andhra Pradesh. But right now, there is a sharp decline in order. There are many reasons for this.
The main reasons are the spread of seasonal diseases, the non-organization of unique festivals in urban and rural areas and the prohibition of non-vegetarian food in the month of Sawan.
Chicken and eggs of Andhra Pradesh are exported to other states. But there has been a massive decline in the supply of broiler chicken. Supply is not going to Odisha because many festive events are going there. Due to this, the poultry business people of Andhra Pradesh are facing huge losses.
On the other hand, chicken-egg business people are also worried because the cost has increased and the earnings have been reduced by less than half. Soy and corn used in chicken feed have already become expensive, which has increased the cost of the poultry business.
Same situation in the states of North India.
Apart from the southern states, the prices of eggs and chicken have fallen sharply in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. In these states, the ex-farm rate has decreased from Rs 115 to Rs 60 per kg. In Jharkhand, this price has come down to Rs 50 per kg.
Apart from Sawan, there is another primary reason for the price fall. The rainy season is going on due to moisture and coolness coming into the air. This increases the weight of the chicken. People on poultry farms consider it reasonable to sell chicken immediately after gaining weight because they shy away from buying heavy chicken.
The reason for the fall in prices is also that in June, the chicken rates had risen sharply, due to which people had reduced the food. Later on, on July 15, people stopped eating it due to the beginning of Sawan.