Chicken shortage over but prices still high
The problems affecting the supply of chickens have eased, and chicken farms that could only meet 40-50% of the demand over Christmas are now back to 100%. Nonetheless, the price of chicken is still high with supermarkets selling them at up to RD$69 pound.
Distributors are claiming that the shortage at the end of the year was caused by the farmers themselves, by restricting production to keep the prices high. In addition, although there is now plenty of chicken in the market, the chickens on sale are larger, up to around five pounds, which lends more credence to the theory that the farmers were hoarding them over the Christmas and New Year period.
However, now that there is plenty of chicken available, people are eating less due to the high price.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
Jan 6, 2016
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