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Seafood demand and price rises

January 31
12:00 2011

Written By : SHIRI LATA. Prices of fish and other seafood have gone up due to increased demand.
And some business people are attributing the demand increase to chicken shortage.
Asesela Matua, 43, of Nausori Market told Fiji Sun that they have increased their prices as after Christmas demand increased for seafood products.
“Now the fish we selling for $40 was around $25 before and five sea prawns around five to six inches is $5,” he said.He said they still managed to have good business.
Price of one heap of freshwater mussels is now $4 while a few months’ back it was either $2 or $3.
Taniela Joseph, who has been selling crabs near the Bailey Bridge for sometime, also agreed that his sales has been high for the past month or so.
“Though my price has gone up I still get a good number of customers as I believe they’re turning from meat to seafood now,” he said.
A quick look around supermarkets in Suva yesterday revealed that there were smaller size of chickens available and hardly any supermarket had chicken liver.
A manager at a prominent supermarket said, “It’s not that there are only smaller chickens available but the supply for the bigger numbers are very low and it finishes very quickly.
He admitted that they did have a problem with getting chicken liver for some time.
“We do have ample supply of giblets though but people have been complaining that they are getting number 11 chicken only and no liver for some time now,” he said.
He said until supply gets back to normal they should be allowed to import from overseas.

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