If the price of poultry meat in Kerala continues to rise, restaurateurs in the state have threatened to remove chicken dishes from their menus. According to an association of restaurateurs in Kerala, the price of chicken has climbed by 40% in the last two weeks. Because of the dramatic increase in the price of chicken, the Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA), one of the state’s main hotel and restaurant groups, has stated that unless the government intervenes, chicken meals will be removed from the menu.While suppliers and distributors said there was a chicken shortage, KHRA claimed that a false sense of scarcity was being generated in order to raise the price.
“We will have to boycott providing chicken dishes if the state government does not intervene promptly to stop the surge in pricing,” the association stated in a statement. In the last two weeks, the price of chicken has risen from Rs 90 per kg to Rs 135 per kg, according to the Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA). Meanwhile, the price of a kilo of chicken in retail shops across the state has risen to Rs 150. Inter-state lobbies, according to KHRA, are causing a scarcity of chicken in Kerala, driving up prices.
“Hotels consume eighty percent of the chicken market in the state. In hotels, only parcels are now permitted. Due to the financial restraints encountered by hotel owners as a result of this, there has been an unreasonable price increase. We can’t even raise the price of chicken items while everyone is suffering as a result of COVID-19. Hotels would be obliged to shun chicken items if the price continues to rise at this rate “In a statement, KHRA stated.
KHRA went on to say that the state government should intervene to stop the price spike and supply chicken from state farms. The state’s hotel and restaurant industry, like many others, has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown. In Kerala, the only takeouts are now permitted.