Poultry Products Shortages Reported in Dubai

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Residents in Ras Al Khaimah are complaining about a severe shortage in poultry products including eggs and chicken in recent weeks.
calendar icon 28 March 2011
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Some buyers said that the quantity of poultry products being supplied to the market at present was not enough for the domestic consumption and the low supplies limited customers' choices.

Citing Khaleej Times, Zawya reports that an official from a leading poultry products supplier firm in Ras Al Khaimah refuted consumers' allegations that the shortage resulted from a decline in the supply.

He noted that companies have not reduced the supply of poultry products in RAK market during the past few weeks. He attributed the current shortage to an increase in demand for poultry products.

Emirati Mohammed Saleh, a chicken lover who frequently visits the markets, said that there has been a shortage of fresh and frozen chicken over the past few weeks, especially in supermarkets and poultry shops.

"The shortage of fresh chicken has been more evident during the weekend. You could find only a handful of birds in the cages of the poultry shops from which many of the customers had to choose," he said.

Mr Saleh added that on many occasions, it was found that certain species of chicken were out of stock in some shops which limited customers' choices. Ali Al Shehi, another resident of RAK, said that he realised a shortage in products such as frozen chicken and eggs in some shops and supermarkets.

"I found just a few trays of eggs in the supermarkets with certain types not even available. Frozen chicken was also in small numbers and it was hard for some customers to obtain good ones as most of the chickens left in the freezers were small sized," said Al Shehi. Mohdeen Rashid, a Bangladeshi trader of chicken in Al Nakheel market, said there has been an increase in the consumption of fresh chicken, especially by bachelors during the recent months.

He noted that most of the chicken supplied to the Emirate's markets are from local farms in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Al Ain, reports Zawya. Mr Rashid said there is a need to increase the supply of chicken as the demand has been increased.

Fawaz Abdullah, head of the Food Control Section at the RAK Municipality, said that recent reports of their periodical inspections on the local poultry farms indicated no chicken diseases and there has been a good produce in the poultry farms in the Emirate.

Firms supplying poultry products in RAK said that they would carry out a market survey in the near future and have promised to increase the supply of poultry products if they find it necessary.

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