Mr.Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of Agriculture directed the Department of Animal Production and Health to grant permission for the sale of imported eggs, which are currently only permitted to be used in the bakery industry, in the retail market as well.
Accordingly, the Department has decided to revise the currently issued guidelines and allow the sale of imported eggs in the retail market.
Taking into account the current shortage of eggs in the market, the Ministry of Agriculture has recently taken many decisions to provide eggs easily to the people.
A discussion in this regard was recently held at the Ministry of Agriculture with the participation of all sectors. Mr.Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of Agriculture, the Secretary of the Ministry and other officials as well as the poultry industry representatives were also present in the discussion.
In order to eliminate the shortage of eggs in this country, the industrialists requested to remove the maximum retail price for eggs imposed by the government, to eliminate the shortage of maize used for animal feed and to remove the ban imposed on the use of rice for animal feed.
The egg and poultry producers have said that after the removal of the maximum retail price for eggs, eggs will be made available all over the country within 15 days, otherwise they will agree with whatever decision taken by the government.
The Minister stated that according to the facts presented by them, the cabinet of Ministers will be notified to remove the maximum retail price for eggs and steps will be taken to remove the current ban on using rice for animal feed.
Also, the minister informed that the imported eggs, which are currently used only for bakery products, will be allowed to be sold in the retail market.
The Minister also stated that the importation of eggs will not be stopped, and he also mentioned that until the egg and poultry producers take steps to supply eggs to the market without shortage, the import of eggs will continue.
In this discussion, it was emphasized to remove the guidelines imposed by the Department of Animal Production and Health for the sale of imported eggs in the retail market and give the opportunity to sell those eggs in the retail market and to allow the private sector to import parent birds for the poultry industry. It was also emphasized that the overall responsibility for the upliftment of the egg and poultry industry should be fulfilled by the Department of Animal Production and Health.
The Department of Animal Production and Health also stated that currently, the cost of production of an egg is 36 rupees. Therefore, those industrialists have the ability to keep a profit and provide eggs to the people at a low price.
Mr.Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of Agriculture, , expressing his opinion, said that if the egg and poultry producers, the producers of chicks, as well as the distributors and sellers of these products do not extend their support for the measures taken by the government to boost the egg and poultry industry, the industry will collapse completely this year.