Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA), has cautioned on Friday that a scarcity of feed could cause the price of chicken, a staple food, to rise to Rs1,000 per kilogramme in the near future.
While talking to Aaj News, Ashraf said that around a dozen containers carrying 0.75 million tons of soybean and canola are also stuck at the port.
“In the poultry industry, we can stock supply for 15 days or a month. This has been consumed. We do not have soybean available anymore,” said the official.
“If the two items are not available, this creates problems for feed makers who have already told the farmers that they do not have the product available,” he said.
Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (MoFS&R) Tariq Bashir Cheema earlier advised people to stop eating chicken.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Cheema said that non genetically modified organisms (GMO) oilseeds would be imported into Pakistan from now on.
The minister continued by stating that since chicken is being fed diets produced from GMO oilseeds, people should cease eating it because it is unhealthy. He claimed that GMO soybeans are dangerous and might cause cancer and other ailments.