Thailand: Bird imports causes egg glut

30-09-2010 | |

To combat egg shortages, two months ago, the Thai government fallowed free imports of layer parent stock. This resulted in a huge egg surplus that is expected to bring down prices for an industry that normally supplies 28-29 million eggs per day.

To absorb the resulting surplus, Manoch Chootubtim, president of the Layer Farmers Association, says the government must now allocate funds to absorb the market surplus to prevent a severe slump in prices for an industry, advocating, he says, a “longer term, more permanent and more effective strategies’, including campaigns to promote egg consumption and reduce production cost from animal feed and/or electricity.