Drastic drop in egg production this year – Minister

Noting the egg industry in Sri Lanka is in a serious crisis, the Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said by the end of June 2022, the production of eggs in Sri Lanka has decreased by 34 percent.

The minister noted this while participating in an event held at the Agunakolapalessa Town hall to celebrate the World Egg Day last Friday.

“The annual production of eggs in our country was between 1000 to 3000 million. Due to non-supply of chemical fertilizers, the production of maize decreased by the 2021 Maha Season. Egg production in Sri Lanka was 2,934 million in 2021. But by the end of June 2022, the production of eggs in Sri Lanka has decreased by 34 percent to 1,963 million. Although 10 years ago, the per capita consumption of eggs in this country was 35, by the end of 2021, the per capita consumption of eggs has increased to 125. Although the price of eggs is high due to the increase in the food production industry, it should be noted that the egg industry in this country is facing a huge crisis”. The minister said the main reason for this is the lack of animal feed and the increase in its price, as well as the reduction of the import of mother hens to 7,000 for breeding chickens.

“Although 80,000 mother animals were imported into Sri Lanka last year, only 7,000 mother animals have been imported this year due to lack of foreign exchange. Therefore, it seems that the chicken and egg production industry in this country will have to face a serious crisis next year. But the Cabinet approved my proposal to import 250,000 metric tonnes of maize for animal feed. The National Food Promotion Board has planned to import the stock of maize”. The minister however said Sri Lanka is still self-sufficient in terms of egg production and chicken meat production.

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