Tough Times Ahead As Chicken Prices Shoot Up In Karamoja

Chicken Traders Prepare Transporting Their Birds Moroto Town From Katakwi-PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

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By Steven Ariong

Chicken lovers in Moroto Municipality are currently burning holes in their pockets with the sky rocketing price of chicken in Moroto Municipality. The chicken prices went up since last year December with chicken traders attributing the high price to the reducing number of chicken countrywide.

By October last year, one chicken weighing 2 to 3 kilograms was sold at Shs17,000 but now the same is sold at Shs30,000 to 35,000 while one roasted piece is sold at Shs 5,000 from Shs3,000 two months ago.


Samuel Odeke one of the customers  said he used not to spend a night without eating a piece of chicken but now he spends even one week without eating chicken because of the high price.

Chicken Traders Prepare Transporting Their Birds Moroto Town From Katakwi-PHOTO BY STEVEN ARIONG

“The price is too high and I have suspended eating chicken right now until further notices,” he says.

While Peter Lote one of the traders dealing in chicken said the price of chicken may double as long as people don’t embrace chicken rearing and also attributes it to the poor road network that connects other regions to Karamoja especially Lango and Acholi.

“We bring these chickens from Teso, Bugisu and Sebei region but we pay a lot of money to transport them and also high taxes on these chickens,” Lote says.

Meanwhile the prices of beef, and pork in the Municipality has also gone up with one kilogram of beef is sold at Shs10,000 from Shs5,000 while pork is sold at Shs14,000 one kilogram from Shs10,000.

The beef dealers also blame the increased price to the reduction of livestock as a result of cattle rustling. Moses Wandera a meat trader said the prices of animals in Karamoja have gone up due to the declined number of livestock in the region as a result of cattle rustling.

“We buy one bull at Shs900,000 to one million which is too high and when we sell it cuts the profit,” he said

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