Gaza ministry allows import of frozen chicken from Israel
Published Monday 11/03/2013 (updated) 13/03/2013 21:49
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza has approved the import of 50 tons of frozen chicken from Israel, an official said Monday.
Tahsin al-Saqqa, director of the ministry's marketing department, said chicken imports were usually banned in order to encourage people to buy locally.
But due to the rising cost of fresh chicken, the ministry has decided to import frozen chicken to ease the burden on families, al-Saqqa told Ma'an.
He said Israel limited the number of baby chicks allowed into Gaza, reducing supply, "thus prices rise accordingly." Farmers also quit raising chickens because of the ongoing shortage of domestic gas, needed to heat coops, al-Saqqa added.
A housewife in Gaza City, Sanaa Ashour, said she could no longer afford fresh chicken for her family.
"A kilogram of fresh chicken meat costs 15 shekels ($4) and we can't afford to buy it," she told Ma'an.
She needs three chickens to make one meal for her 10-member family.
"We used to buy three chickens for 50 shekels, but now after the noticeable increase in chicken prices, the same amount of chicken costs about 75 shekels which we can't afford," she said.