More and more Ukrainians will go to cheaper chicken. But it is more expensive
In 2018 in meat diet Ukrainians almost 50% will have on the bird. The reason is that chicken is cheaper than pork and beef.
In the past year in the structure of meat consumption by Ukrainians, the proportion of poultry remains the most significant with 48%, almost 1.5 times exceeding the level of rational norms. While pork accounted for 37%, for beef – only 14% to other types of meat – 1%. This was told by senior researcher of the Department of pricing and agricultural market of the National scientific center “Institute of agrarian economy” Svitlana Pashko.
In December, kilogram of chicken cost on average UAH 53,91, pork with bone (cut thigh) – 93 UAH, pork without bones – 113,46 UAH, the hip part of the beef – 92,18 UAH, and beef without bones – 117,77 UAH/kg Respectively, beef and pork was more expensive chicken meat in carcasses by 1.7-2.2 times. This price gap led to increased consumption of poultry meat.
Food prices in Ukraine, almost caught up with Europe and will continue to grow. Infographics
Experts say that the consumption of beef and pork can be reduced. Among the main reasons of the decline in the cattle population, frequent outbreaks of African swine fever virus, as well as price trends in Ukraine and the low purchasing power of the population.
Meanwhile, the General Director of the Ukrainian Association of trade networks suppliers Oleksiy Doroshenko assumes that the cost of chicken can be compared with pork and beef
“Chicken will be closer in price to pork and beef – 120 hryvnia per kilogram”, – predicts..
Another reason for the rise in price of chicken – a deficit in Ukraine. After all domestic manufacturers increasingly sell their products abroad.
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