KOCHI: The office-bearers of the Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA) warned they will be forced to remove chicken dishes from the menu as the price of chicken keeps going up. They claimed that the price of chicken has nearly doubled during the last week.
“restaurants and various hotels are the major consumers of chicken sold in the state. Nearly 80% of the stock is bought by us. At present, hoteliers are only allowed to sell only take away and no dine in because of Covid restrictions imposed by the government.The steep increase in the price of chicken has further deepened the financial burden of hotel and restaurant owners who are finding it difficult to pay wages for workers,” Said Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA
The inter-state chicken lobby, according to KHRA, is to blame for the extraordinary increase in meat prices.
“We hope the government will take steps to make more stock available from the domestic market,” G Jayapal, the KHRA’s general secretary, stated.
‘Price rise transitory’
Meanwhile, poultry farmers claim that the claims levelled by hoteliers are without merit.
. “Let me ask the hoteliers whether they will be ready to lower the prices of chicken items when the price of chicken meat is reduced ? . They will be not do that with the chicken price going down. The chicken price raise is a temporary thing and we believe that it will GO down soon,”
Poultry Farmers and Traders Samithi state president Binny Immatty
A month earlier, chicken was selling at Rs 86 per kilogramme. The cost of a kilogramme of chicken in the retail market was Rs 150 on Friday.
Here is price of chicken through July 2021
Prices are skyrocketing (Per kg)
Rs 97 on June 2, 2021
June 16th, Rs. 86, July 1st, Rs. 120, and July 10th, Rs. 143
Rs 148 on the 14th of July
15th of July Rs 150