Chicken sale soars amid lockdown
Kochi: With the lockdown in place, kitchens in every household are busy with the preparation of variety chicken dishes. Fall in price and easy availability has made chicken, the most demanded item in the lockdown season. Earlier in March, bird flu outbreak along with COVID-19 affected chicken sales and it led to a steep fall in prices. But with the lockdown, chicken sale became active in the state.
According to sources, 4 lakh kg chicken is sold in the state every day. Chicken produced in farms of Kerala is being sold. Vendors reported that they still receive enough stock from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka amid the lockdown.
“For Easter, most of the customers purchased chicken. But compared to the previous year's sale in March and April, the sales are very low this year. But the demand from households has increased,” said vendors.
"Earlier, Kerala recorded 40 lakh kg chicken sales. Among this, the majority share of sales was by hotels. Purchase to houses was recorded below one lakh kg. But this practice changed a lot with the lockdown,” says Jinu Abraham a wholesale chicken dealer in Kaloor.
Many chicken centres across the state offer door delivery facility also. At present, chicken is priced at Rs 115 to Rs 125 per kg. The price rose to Rs 145 during Easter and Vishu days.
Fall in the supply of fish and raid of contaminated fish increased the demand for chicken in the state.