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Prices of chicken shoot up in Qatar

by 5m Editor
9 April 2007, at 9:44am

QATAR - Prices of fresh chicken in the local market have gone up slightly after a ban imposed on the import of chicken and other poultry products from Saudi Arabia.

However, there is no increase in the prices of frozen chicken so far, though the dealers do not rule out the possibility of a price rise in the coming weeks, if the ban stays.

The National Health Authority (NHA) has banned the import of chicken and other poultry products from Saudi Arabia after the deadly bird flu virus was detected in the country.

Al Wataniya is the one most popular brand of chicken and eggs coming from Saudi Arabia, which have a lot of customers in Qatar, especially among the nationals. Besides these, certain brands of fresh chicken had also been imported from the country.

Most of these products are now off the shelves, following the ban, enquiries with the local market revealed yesterday.

"There is no major impact on the prices so far because enough stocks of other brands are available in the market. But the prices may go up if the ban results in a shortage of supply in the coming weeks," said senior official of a leading hypermarket.

Another dealer said the prices of fresh chicken have already gone up, perhaps due to a sudden fall in supply. However, a major shortage of fresh chicken has been ruled out due to the availability of locally made varieties. He said, even a small fluctuation in the international market should have its impact on the local market.

Over the past four to five months, the prices of chicken and other poultry products have significantly gone up in the international market for various reasons.

Source: Peninsula On-line

5m Editor