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Price of chicken meat surged to a record high in Kurdistan Region

  2021-03-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo shows Iraqi vets check chickens at a market in the southern port city of Basra on February 25, 2016. (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The price of chicken meat has surged to a new high in the Kurdistan Region, following a sudden rise in demand from the southern and central Iraq.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has banned chicken farmers from exporting their poultry products to the other parts of Iraq in an aim to curb with chicken prices volatility.

The price of chicken meat has reached 4,250 Iraqi Dinar (3 US Dollar) per kilogram, setting a new record for the ongoing year to the disadvantage of those who cannot afford red meat – mutton and beef.

One kilogram of chicken meat costs about 50% more compared to the last previous months.

Many Kurdish poultry farmers report a loss of business owing to closure of Iraqi markets towards their face and falling internal demand for chicken.

Several chicken farmers on Tuesday (March 30) gathered outside the KRG’s ministry of agriculture in protest of the closure of borders between the Kurdistan Region and other parts of Iraq. 

“The reason for the increase in chicken prices is higher tariffs on imported eggs, feed, the [agriculture] minister has no information about chicken farms, that is why he did it to us,” a protesting chicken farmer told Zhyan News Network.

A member of the Kurdistan Parliament believes the higher tariffs on eggs and informal trade have been a factor leading to the increase of the meat price.

Kurdish MP Ali Hama Salih said the reasons that led to higher chicken prices are “higher tariffs on fertilized egg, baby chicks hatching farms, informal trade, reasons that led to the death of 50% products of the chicken farms and the emptiness of 70% of the farms.”

(Zhyan English)