“The Sunday Times coverage shows that the need is, if anything, more desperate now. It also demonstrates the urgency of measures to restrain price increases, particularly of chicken, which is the cheapest and most popular meat protein.
“Efforts by meat importers to get import tariffs scrapped are never going to work, as they would affect only a tiny portion of chicken sales while threatening thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of local jobs.
“What will work, and can be implemented easily and speedily, is for government to remove the 15% VAT from the chicken portions most consumed by lower-income households.
“This applies particularly to the popular 2kg packs of individually quick frozen (IQF) mixed chicken portions.
“Chicken, especially when produced under optimal conditions, is a high- quality protein, the consumption of which can enhance a household’s nutrition intake, and prevent malnutrition.”