Pakistan To Import Poultry From India

PAKISTAN - After troops' reduction at borders, bus services, bilateral trade through the land route and import of livestock, Pakistan is now looking to importing poultry from India to break the monopoly in the domestic market and bring down soaring prices.

"We took this decision after several rounds of negotiations with the Poultry Association of Pakistan (PAP) failed to bring about a reduction in prices, in fact, the poultry association is increasing prices," said a spokesman of the food and agriculture ministry.

A rate for live chicken in major cities ranges from Rs.75 to Rs.85 per kg ($1.5) while eggs are being sold at Rs.45 to Rs.50 per dozen ($0.80).

Attributing the soaring poultry prices to a gap between demand and supply, he said the PAP members were deliberately not increasing their production to keep the prices high.

"These prices are unrealistic and we have been asking the PAP to lower them but despite promises they have failed to reduce them," said the spokesman.

Source: New Kerala
calendar icon 27 September 2005
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