Poultry prices decline 21% on weak consumer demand

March 22, 2018

Poultry prices have declined by as much as 21 per cent since the beginning of February, thanks to a weak seasonal consumer demand and a delay in the onset of summer. Besides, consumers have also stayed away from aggressive buying due to a bird flu scare.

The price of eggs in Delhi declined the most – by over 21 per cent to quote at Rs 3.10 apiece early this week, against Rs 3.95 a piece on February 1. In Mumbai, the prices slumped 11 per cent to Rs 3.70 apiece from Rs 4.15 during the same period.

Similarly, the price of broiler chickenin Mumbai nosedived 18.6 per cent to the present Rs 57 a kg, compared with Rs 70 on February 1. In Cochin,is currently selling at Rs 60 a kg, against Rs 69 a kg at the beginning of February.

The poultry price decline is seasonal. During the ongoing school and college examination period, poultry consumption remains slow. We expect its normal consumption to return soon after the exam season gets over. Since then, the Government of Maharashtra has issued alerts of its spread across eleven districts and directed officials in the animal husbandry department to collect samples for testing. Incidentally, none of these samples was positive.Avian influenza scare, however, prompted the authorities in Saudi Arabia to suspend the import of poultry products from India, albeit temporarily.

These foreign-funded NGOs do not want the poultry industry to grow. They keep creating panic by declaring avian influenza outbreaks at certain farms. There has been no such outbreak in my view, so the temporary suspension on their import into Saudi Arabia is unwarranted.Meanwhile, poultry prices are likely to start firming up in the next four weeks, when the examination season gets over and with the onset of summer in April.“During February and March, we have low poultry consumption.

Over the past few years, the demand trend for poultry products has changed with an active participation in promotion from farmers. Compared with earlier, when poultry products were consumed mostly in the winter season, several promotional activities have managed to establish that poultry consumption is beneficial in summer as well.