Amid the ongoing inflation across the country, the poultry price hike crisis is escalating with no possible solution at hand. The prices have been jacked up post-Eid-ul-Fitr and did not come down. The consumers are finding it difficult to manage their purchase as it has been sold at an exorbitant price of Rs. 500 to 600 per Kg in different cities. In the last two weeks, the retail price of chicken meat has gone above Rs600 from Rs300-350 per kilogram, while boneless chicken meat has reached Rs800 per kilogram in most parts of the country, including Karachi and Islamabad. The Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) has held the imposition of sales tax on the import of feed and medicines for chicken in recent months as the main reason for the current price hike. The government seems helpless in resolving the crisis while the price control committees are unable to bring down prices.
In the past, social media campaigns were launched urging the public to quit eating chicken for a few days. These campaigns proved effective in bringing down the meat prices.
This time again, the masses are being urged to boycott chicken consumption but where are the government machinery and state mechanism to tackle the crisis. Boycotting the consumption of chicken is a short term solution, while a centralised policy is needed to resolve the issue once and for all. Previously, it was the PML-N that was spearheading a campaign against the PTI government for making lives tough for the common man due to inflation and now after coming into power, it has failed to bring relief to the masses.
Finding a solution to the ever-increasing inflation and its implementation is the domain of the government but due to the political situation in the country, any elected government hardly completes its term. This political turmoil fails government strategies and ultimately, the masses are bearing the brunt of this political adventurism.
\Instead of bringing relief to the masses, things are getting difficult day by day. The general public has been left at the mercy of profiteers who are minting money from the masses on the pretext of demand and supply gap. When the government fails, the masses need to take a stand for their rights. There is a need to launch an organized campaign against the profiteers. People need to change their eating habits for a few days so that the demand and supply gap is managed. The government also needs to withdraw all taxes on poultry feed and medicines immediately to stabilize the chicken prices.