Pune: The price of chicken and eggs that was witnessing a decrease for some time, has now seen a surge in the last few days due to staff shortage. Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, a lot of staff working in these shops have gone to their hometown, which forced the shop owners to shut down the outlets.
Sachin Kamble, Samarth Food, Shivaji Nagar said, “There has been no increase in the demand, but almost 60 per cent of the chicken shops have been closed in the city due to the lockdown. And those which are open have inadequate staff.
As the majority of the staff working in these shops have left for their hometown forcing the shops to remain shut. Therefore, the supply has reduced increasing the price of chicken. Without skin chicken which was Rs 80-Rs 100 per kg have increased to Rs 150-Rs 170 per Kg in the retail market for the last five days,” he added.
Ramesh Punde, Owner of Kukdoo Ku Chicken – a retail chain on chicken and eggs also echoed the same. He said, “Staff has gone to their hometown, and so there was very less number of open shops. Similarly, due to lockdown, transportation too was an issue. Therefore, the supply has reduced, increasing the price of chicken and eggs. Cost of eggs, which was Rs 2-Rs 2.50 per egg sometime before has come back to Rs 4-Rs 4.50 per egg while without skin chicken have increased to Rs 140-150 per kg in the retail market.”