The chicken meat prices have crashed in Punjab after the ban imposed by the Peshawar High Court on export of cattle/chicken to Afghanistan, convenor export committee and former Chairman Pakistan Poultry Association Abdul Basit told Business Recorder here on Wednesday.
He said the poultry farmers are suffering a loss of Rs 100 per kg by selling their produce at Rs 120 per kg which costs them Rs 210 per kg since poultry is a perishable commodity and they cannot retain it after its maturity. Basit recalled that Pakistan produces poultry products for both Pakistani and Afghan consumers. Since PPA has lost its Afghanistan market due to ban imposed by the Peshawar High Court since July 2012 ostensibly to keep the chicken meat prices low in the domestic market. He said there are 25,000 poultry farms across the country with excellent infrastructure but after loss of Afghanistan market the chicken meat prices have crashed and the farmers are in a state of panic.