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Bird flu to affect supply of eggs nationwide

Author: Staff Reporter Updated: 11:30 12-10-2017

A looming shortage of eggs could affect South Africans far and wide as the recent bird flu outbreak is sure to impact on all poultry related products.

The South African Poultry Association says that retailers may already be struggling with supply.

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

The Poultry Association's Achmad Brinkhuis says that about eight in 10 Western Cape egg producers have been affected by avian influenza.

He warns this will most likely affect prices in the province.

"If the demand is there and the supply is not, the prices will obviously go up but it depends on the retailers themselves."

Brinkhuis says that discussions with government around compensation for affected farmers are at "a sensitive stage".

He adds that producers want poultry vaccinated but admits this will have implications on trade.

Published: 08:00 12-10-2017

Posted by on October 12, 2017.

Categories: SA News

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