Chicken off Kerala menus to protest rising price

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.

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