Oil Sanctions Cause Rare “Chicken Crisis” In Iran

Last week, the price of chicken in Iran suddenly increased without any signs, from the original riyal 38,000 rose to 65,000 riyal per kg, about 22 yuan. Market participants expected the chicken meat prices would rise to 800 million rials per kg in the short term.

Chicken price inflation caused the shock of all sectors of Iranian society, the media exclaimed “unprecedented”, people complained that the government controled weakly. To calm people’s grievances, the Iranian government was supplying chicken the public at the price of  47,000 rials per kilogram. Because of this, citizens were waiting in long lines to buy the cheap chicken in a large number of supermarkets. However, due to limited supply, many people were still empty-handed.

For the recent emergence of the “chicken crisis, Iranian officials have called for the television programs not play the screen of eating chicken, so as not to stimulate low-income groups.

Iran’s police chief Mujiadamu recently criticized the national television program played a scene with eating chicken (L-Lysine is used for chicken feed). He said some people could not afford to buy chicken, if they saw this program and felt the poverty gap was so large, they may want to pick up knives and robbery rich. His words caused a lot of criticism after the media reports, some Internet users criticized the inability to solve the soaring prices of government officials and just wanted to cover up the contradictions in the whitewash.

Analysts believe that due to the increasingly stringent sanctions against Iran in the West especially the oil sanctions, this will lead to a substantial reduction of Iran’s foreign exchange earnings and has impact on imports of necessities, including chicken. This is the main reason for the recent chicken prices rose. The prices of those foods that depending on import recently faced a sharp rise in risk in Iran.