Chicken off Kerala menus to protest rising price
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Sale of chicken has been suspended in Kerala in protest against the soaring price of chicken procured from Tamil Nadu.
Kerala consumes nearly 5 lakh kg chicken a day, a lion's share of it brought from Tamil Nadu and taxed at 13.5 per cent. The tax adds about Rs 20 to a kg of chicken, according to All Kerala Chicken Merchants Association.
Hotels and restaurants have decided to take chicken delicacies off their menus for the next three days to protest against the rising price — it has soared to Rs 180 a kg from around Rs 100 a few months ago — Kerala Hotel and Restaurants association said.
Chicken meat business in Kerala is estimated at Rs 3,360 crore a year and the egg market is worth about Rs 1,800 crore. The protest has come at a time when an anthrax scare has hit the sale of beef in Kerala.