Thanks to import obstructions by local businessmen, there is an acute shortage of chickens in Manipur and the price has shot up to Rs. 200 a kg in some shops.
Many meat shops which had mushroomed on the roadsides and at market places closed down about two months ago.Till recently, traders could fetch live chicken from Assam, where the product is very cheap, and sell meat at Rs. 120 a kg. However of late local businessmen dealing in chickens have obstructed imports from Assam and other States.