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Soaring price hits Kerala poultry trade

Posted on Feb 06, 10:58AM | UNI

Kozhikode, Feb 5 : Poultry trade in Kerala would be hit hard with the All Keala Chicken Merchants and Commission Agencies' Association (AKCMCAA) calling for an indefinite halt in sale from tomorrow.

Talking to newspersons here, AKCMCAA President P K Kunhon and General Secretary M C P Salam said the decision was taken following steep Rs 30 a kg hike during last week, coupled with declining poultry products.

Stating that huge tax imposed by the government was yet another reason for the price hike, they said Kerala was the only state in the country that levied 13.5 per cent tax on poultry products making it dearly by Rs 20 per kg.

Huge fee charged by lorry owners was another cause for price increase, they said

Poultry productions in the neighbouring states declined following a ban imposed by the Kerala government fearing avion flu two months ago.

Hotels and restaurants in the State had already announced their plan to exclude chicken-products from their menu for six days.