Chicken back price flies sky high

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - HOPETON BUCKNOR STAR Writer

Dis­grun­tled res­i­dents across west­ern Ja­maica have vented their anger over the re­cent hike in the price of chicken back.

They told THE STAR that since the coro­n­avirus came to Ja­maica in March, the price of chicken back has jumped from $100 per pound, to as high as $200 per pound.

They be­lieve this is a cold-hearted act on the part of the su­per­mar­ket and shop own­ers.

“A how dem ex­pect wi fi live? None a wi caa buy veg­eta­bles again be­cause even let­tuce raise from $300 a pound to $900 and $1,000 a pound. And now di likkle chicken back wah wi a de­pend pon fi feed wi pick­ney dem, a it dem a raise up now,” one Mon­tego Bay house­wife, who gave her name as Lorna, told THE STAR. She and oth­ers were com­plain­ing out­side a meat shop about the high price.

POOR PEO­PLE DE­PEND PON

“Chicken back a di likkle com­mon meat what we as poor peo­ple de­pend pon. Wi caa buy steak, an big chicken, an mut­ton like a some peo­ple. So wi haffe stick to wi chicken back. But all a wi weh yuh si stan up yah suh a vex wi vex af­ter the peo­ple dem inna di meat shop a tell wi bout chicken back raise,” she said.

Neville Bar­rett, a pop­u­lar pan chicken ven­dor from Lucea in Hanover, said the Con­sumer Af­fairs Com­mis­sion and other gov­ern­ment bod­ies need to step in and as­sist the poorer class of Ja­maicans.

“Since COVID-19 come een, things get very bad fi mi es­pe­cially be­cause chicken get scarce every weh, and wen yuh do get it, the price high just like a fish or mut­ton,” Bar­rett said. “Since the prime min­is­ter move the cur­few time up to 10 o’clock, mi start do back some jerk­ing, and pon fi mi lit­tle spot, jerk chicken back is one a di thing wha sell the most. A don’t know if a tru the peo­ple dem si seh it a sell, but dem raise the price a di chicken back gone sky high, nut­ten no cheap again.”

One soup ven­dor in Mon­tego Bay said that he uses chicken back to ‘pep up’ his soup.

“Right now mi can barely buy it. A chicken back and ac­kee a fi wi na­tional dish, an wen dem a raise it so high that we as poor peo­ple can no longer buy it, a mash dem a mash up di so­ci­ety,” the ven­dor stated.

GLADSTONE TAYLOR

Dono­van Mor­ris stands in what is left of his fam­ily home which was de­stroyed by fire.

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