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Poultry producers say prices unfair ­— Abu Daqr

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AMMAN — Jordanian Poultry Producers Association head Hassan Abu Daqr told Jordan News that the poultry price set by the Ministry of Industry and Trade is unfair as it “did not take into account the high prices of feed”.اضافة اعلان

According to Abu Daqr, 350 stores out of 50,000 trading in poultry failed to abide by the pricing set by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. He said that “things will stabilize in the market this week” and no more shortage of poultry should be expected, attributing the scarcity to the fact that some slaughterhouses were closed during the Eid holiday, including the one of the Greater Amman Municipality.

Abu Daqr urged the Ministry of Industry and Trade to support farmers, stressing that Jordan’s poultry price is the lowest in the world.

General Manager of Hamouda Poultry Company Abdel Majid Samara told Jordan News that big companies are estimated to produce 500,000 chicken per day, while small farms produce 200,000 chicken per day, amounts that normally cover “130 percent of the market needs”.

Samara stressed that the Ministry of Industry and Trade sets price caps, that the price of poultry in Jordan is the lowest in the world, and that because of the pricing, and the high prices of feed, many farmers refrain from raising poultry.

According to him, feed companies should cooperate with farmers, poultry prices should be raised, especially in view of the fact that during the pandemic there was little demand for chicken “and this year, when the market began to thrive, the government set the price cap”.

Samara said that poultry is a very sensitive product, that slaughtered chicken have a fast expiration date and that this, combined with several other factors, may make farmers bear huge losses.

Abdel Shakour Jamjoum, owner of a poultry farm and head of the Poultry and Feed Investors Association, told Jordan News that consumption during Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr was so great that farmers were unable to meet the need of the market. At the same time, setting a price cap for this product “is very dangerous, especially since the government has imposed taxes on fodder”, he added.

He stressed that the government imposed taxes and set a price cap without studying the problem, and that these measures are bound to make farmers “quit the poultry breeding profession”, which will contribute to a shortage of local product in the markets.

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