Hearing a petition against the increase in prices of poultry and eggs, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed officials to set up a pricing mechanism and present it in court. A law officer told the court that a meeting had been convened regarding fixing chicken and egg prices under the chairmanship of the secretary industries. The LHC also accepted Layer Farmers Association’s application to become a party in the case. The association, through its lawyer, pleaded that the price of eggs was determined, according to supply and demand. The lawyer stated that there was already a mechanism in the law regarding pricing. According to the law, traders and shopkeepers were required to get Rs8 for the price of one chicken. The rise in prices of poultry feed was the main reason for the increase in prices, the lawyer added. The petitioner also requested the LHC to restrain traders and shopkeepers from interfering in fixing the price. Later, Justice Sajid Mehmood Sethi adjourned the hearing of the case till December.