Kolkata: Chicken, mutton rates hit all-time high on supply crunch

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KOLKATA: Prices of chicken and mutton — the two principal sources of protein for non-vegetarians – have hit all-time highs in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan. Chicken rate, that has been on a roller-coaster ride since the lockdown began, touched Rs 250 on Monday and mutton sold at a phenomenal Rs 800 a kg. Retailers claimed the two will remain dear till the effects of the cyclone die down and supply normalises.

While the spiralling of mutton price has been blamed on back-to-back disasters – first the Covid-inflicted lockdown and then Amphan – the surge in chicken price is due to the death of a large number of birds in the storm, traders say.

“Our preliminary assessment is that 75 lakh mature birds were killed by the cyclone,” said Madan Mohan Maity, secretary of West Bengal Poultry Foundation.

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