ISLAMABAD: The extremely cold weather has multiplied the demand of chicken and as a result its prices have registered a sharp increase during the last week in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Normally in winter season, the use of poultry products increase which ultimately result in escalating prices.
But, according to market sources, the prices of two essential commodities including chicken have increased from Rs 150 per kilogram to Rs 180 kilogram and eggs from Rs 115 per dozen to Rs 125 per dozen.
A couple of a weeks ago, the chicken prices was around Rs 150 per kg and eggs Rs 115 per dozen but despite the decrease in the prices of petroleum products, the poultry prices are going up.
Most of the people use eggs in their daily breakfast as it contains sufficient proteins which help maintaining good health but now they have to go for an alternative energy intake source.
Imran Ahmad, an employee of a private office said that the demand of eggs usually increases in the winter season and subsequently the prices shoot up.
Eggs are an absolute priority in breakfast and people are forced to purchase them on high prices.
A student, Waqas Majeed said it never happened in the past that the prices of eatables shoot up to this extent.
The concerned authorities should chalk out a mechanism to control prices of kitchen items especially chicken and eggs which are essential for a sound health, Sadia Sajjad, a house wife, suggested.
When contacted, a representative of the Poultry Association held costly feed, rise in electricity prices responsible for increasing prices of the poultry products.
He claimed that despite cut in fuel prices, the transporters have not cut down transportation charges.