Continued inflation in poultry farm input costs has made egg and poultry meat prices more expensive while ordinary households are already struggling with their kitchen budget.
The egg price has risen back to Rs 7 each, having recently fallen to around Rs 6 each. Broiler prices also rose by Rs 20-25 per kg since last week, retailers in Kolkata’s markets said. Vegetable prices have also started to skyrocket in recent days due to the rain, they said.
Edible oil prices had recently fallen from their respective peaks, but remained at least 40 percent above pre-pandemic levels.
“Chicken feed prices continue to rise. Our total costs are increasing by almost 90 percent. Feed and medicine prices have already increased by 80 percent, while fuel costs are about 8.5 percent of our total costs. Egg price below Rs. 7 apiece is not profitable for farmers,” said Madan Mohan Maity, secretary of the West Bengal Poultry Federation.
Anmol Feeds MD Amit Saraogi also said that the feed price has risen sharply due to an unprecedented jump in the cost of oil cake and other feed-making inputs.
“I think high feed costs play a key role in the rising prices of poultry products,” he said.
Mr Maity denied that there were any supply restrictions for eggs in the market.
The daily national production remains normal at 25-27 crore eggs per day.
When asked whether prices could rise further, Mr Maity said, the association sought to ensure that retail prices do not rise more than Rs 7 each to protect the interests of the common people.
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