WC egg prices may rise over retail shortage caused by bird flu

The South African Poultry Association warns that the costs of eggs is likely to go up due to the increased demand.

Some Western Cape retailers are running out of eggs as a result of the avian influenza outbreak.

Read: WC government is to blame for bird flu outbreak - Vet

About 8 in 10 egg producers in the Western Cape have been affected by bird flu.

Since the outbreak in June, 79 H5N8 cases have been reported nationwide, with 49 in the Western Cape.

The Poultry Association's Achmad Brinkhuis says the province is left with only 20% of egg production.

Also read: 30,000 chickens culled in WC due to bird flu

He explains that small, medium and large commercial farming operations are all affected by the outbreak.

80% of egg production in the Western Cape is gone.

Achmad Brinkhuis, Chairperson of the Poultry Association

According to Brinkhuis, industry is in discussions with government over vaccination, compensation and how to combat the impact.

Take a listen to him elaborate on the impact on egg production:

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