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Chicken Prices in Uganda Rise Due to Feed Scarcity

by 5m Editor
22 October 2013, at 7:13am

UGANDA - The price of chicken of both local and exotic breeds, has moved northwards continuing the upward trend last registered mid this year.

According to Daily Monitor, information from Info-Trade, a market price analyst, indicate that the increase has resulted from an increase in the price of feeds.

Mr Gerald Mukalazi, the Chicken Farmers Association field manager, told Prosper that the spike in prices has been a result of an increase in the price of feeds.

The increase has affected a range of the bird’s prices, including day old chicks.

Currently, a one-day-old chick is goes for between Shs1,500 and Shs1,700 compared to Shs1,200 and Shs1,300 for broilers.

Layers [chicks] are selling at between Shs2,500 and 2,700 up from Shs2,200 and Shs2,300.

The ready to consume local chicken price has moved from Shs28,000 to Shs30,000 while exotic off-layers are selling for Shs14,000 up from Shs8,000. Kuroilers sell for Shs50,000 [cocks] up from Shs30,000.

Mr Godfrey Ddamba, the Ugachick quality controller, explained that the scarcity has been a result of the costly price of raw materials for making the feeds.

“The challenge is that there is scarcity of chicken feeds raw materials thus pushing up the end product’s price.”

Some of the raw materials used in the production of feeds include silver fish and maize bran.

The scarcity of raw materials prices have been affected by an increase in the price of maize with a kilogramme moving from Shs250 to Shs500. A kilogramme of silver fish is currently selling at Shs3,000 up from Shs2,000.

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