A bench consisting of Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Musarrat Hilali declared that the chicken transportation ban would continue until the prices were reduced in the local market in accordance with an understanding reached among different stakeholders last month, including the food department and the poultry association. A few days ago, the food department banned the transportation of poultry products, including chickens and day-old chicks, to Afghanistan amid the increase in prices in local markets. The secretary said after the ban, the price of chicken has reduced to Rs236 per kg. He said the department had been ensuring to enforce the orders earlier issued by the high court for keeping the prices of poultry products in the permissible range. The court was briefed that the price hike is not only because of chick but also because of high broiler feed cost. All the factors should be assessed to formulate a viable solution for addressing the issue till next hearing Nov 16.