Kerala FM Thomas Isaac has announces an ambitious plan to check chicken prices through KEPCO and Kudumbashree
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM,July8: Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has announced an ambitious plan to make the state self-sufficient in chicken requirement. The minister unveiled his plan in the backdrop of traders allegedly jacking up the price of raw chicken despite a full tax waiver under GST. Earlier, chicken traders had to pay 14.5 per cent tax under VAT, which has been lifted under GST.
According to Isaac, the state is witnessing an unusual phenomenon in which the chicken price went up after the tax waiver. He attributed this to a nexus comprising inter-state chicken traders.
On Friday, the minister said the chicken self-sufficiency plan will be executed through KEPCO and Kudumbashree. KEPCO will supply baby chicken to Kudumbashree units across the state. Chicken will be reared by Kudumbashree members.
KEPCO will purchase mature chicken and sell them in the panchayats themselves. All panchayats will be covered under the programme.
Poultry Owners Associations
Poultry owners associations have termed the minister’s directive to sell chicken at Rs 87 a kg as unviable.
Meanwhile, growers in Kerala have raised concern over the price fixed by the government.
“Unlike Tamil Nadu, the cost of rearing is high in Kerala. The requirement for growing a chicken is 3.50 kg of feed. The price of feed is Rs 27 a kg. How can we sell chicken at the government rate,” asks a farmer from Wayanad.