Consumers with appetite for eggs, chicken and fish have to dig deep into their pockets to have them on their table as their prices have gone up.
A tray of eggs whose farm-gate price has been at Shs7,500 has gone up to Shs10,000, dressed chicken which cost between Shs8,000 to Shs9,000 per kilogramme has jumped to Shs13,000 and in some places to Shs15,000.
Farmed fish which used to cost between Shs7,000 and Shs8,000 per kilogramme has now climbed to Shs12,000 per kilogramme.
Such higher bills are squeezing households especially those struggling with meager wage gains, and could slash spending in the long run.
In an interview with Prosper magazine Ugachick’s sales and marketing manager, Mr Michael Lule, said: “Right now, there is scarcity of eggs on the market and this has constrained the consumers as those who manage to access a tray painfully pay because it’s expensive.”
Market information indicates that the prices of these commodities have been pushed up following the implementation of the Value Added Tax (Vat) which government introduced in the current 201415 Budget.
At the moment, some of these commodities especially eggs are out of circulation in the market, meaning traders have to drive miles in search for them.
Not only has this affected the consumers but also employees.
“We call upon government to intervene in this situation to avoid a collapse of this industry which supports thousands of Ugandans as a source of employment,” Mr Lule urged.
Some of the retail supermarket who shared their ordeal with Prosper magazine said they have been experiencing shortage of eggs for some weeks.
“We have supply constraints of eggs from the market and this means we can no longer meet our custumers’ demand,” an official at Capital Shoppers Supermarket Nakasero shared.
At Capital Shoppers, a tray of eggs which used to cost Shs9,000 has been increased to Shs9,500.
The minister of Finance included taxes of 18 per cent on the supply of feeds for poultry and livestock.
Suppliers of cereals, grown, milled or produced in Uganda have also included an 18 per cent Vat.
Earlier, the Uganda Feeds Industry players tasked government to regulate the sector instead of introducing VAT, arguing that the bulk of ingredients used in the production of feeds for poultry and animals are gathered from farmers by middle men who also fall below the VAT threshold.
They further added that absence of a regulation for the industry provides a loophole for the informal players to compromise feed quality substandard feeds also lower the production yields of poultry and livestock farmers.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor