Disparity in the Price of Chicken in Samoa

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Mr Lin of Peta Lin Store - $4.20/kilo

A disparity in the price of chicken between stores was felt by consumers this past weekend with some shops selling at $4.20, while another store  set the price at $5.80 per kilogram.

As many in Samoa lose their jobs and sources of income due to the necessary COVID-19 state of emergency lockdown period, a grandmother from Eva who is employed three days a week as a cleaner near Apia, now watches the prices of basic food very carefully.

Peka Niko, 59, of Eva shares that their Sunday toanai budget was thrown when her son returned from a shop at Solosolo with only 2 pieces of leg-n-thigh, plus a small chicken leg – for $10 tala. The price per kilo of chicken was $5.80.

$5.80 per kilo

The mother of six says they do not own a refrigerator so they buy Sunday toanai meat in the morning. “We can usually get four or five pieces of chicken for $10 tala – but we were surprised to have my son return with this small packet of chicken – it wasn’t enough to feed all of us”.

The next day, Peka Niko was happy to spend $10 tala at Mr Lin’s store at Alafua which is near her workplace, and receive 5 pieces of thigh-n-leg for her family’s dinner.

Peka Niko outside her home in Eva, happy with $4.20/kilo

Mr Lin of Peta Lin’s Store at Alafua currently sells chicken at $4.20 per kilo – which equates to 5 large pieces of leg-n-thigh for $10 tala.

Mr Oscar Meredith of Lynn’s Supermarket at Motootua confirms that their current price for chicken, is also at $4.20 per kilo.

Lynn’s Store, Motootua.

However Mr Meredith does clarify that the price of a wholesale carton of chicken used to be a lot higher and some stores may be trying to finish off their stock from a previous supply.

“It’s right back down to $49 tala now”.

“So the wholesale price of a carton has really dropped, and with our usual 20% mark-up, we are selling at $4.20. The last supply was a bit higher, and we sold that lot for close to $4.80, but $5.80 is a bit high”.

The Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (MCIL) monitors the Competition and Consumer Act 2016 that deals with market competition, price control and consumer protection measures.

Consumers should contact the Ministry on 20441 or their website for any queries or information.