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Ban on egg exports extended to prevent domestic shortage

Mar 31. 2020
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By THE NATION

Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said today (March 31) that the Committee for Prices of Goods and Services that he chairs has agreed to extend the ban on export of chicken eggs for another 30 days to prevent any shortage in domestic markets.

“The extension will ban the export of eggs until April 30. However, if the situation improves before the deadline, the committee will consider lifting the ban earlier,” he said.

Jurin had announced the ban last week for seven days, which was to end today.

According to him, the domestic production capacity is 40 million to 41 million eggs per day, with 39 million earmarked for domestic consumption.

“The remaining 100,000 to one million eggs per day are normally exported, but throughout April they will be distributed to domestic markets to strengthen the country’s egg reserves,” he said.

The ministry also sought cooperation from the Department of Livestock Development to extend the period hens being placed in cages to lay eggs – from 72 to 80 weeks – to make sure the supply of eggs is not interrupted.

“We will also closely monitor egg prices at farms to make sure they do not exceed Bt2.80 per egg, while egg farmers have been told to prioritise supply to consumer product distribution centres, discount stores and retailers nationwide.”

Jurin vowed that his ministry would pursue legal action against price gougers and egg hoarders, as the offences are punishable with a maximum seven years in jail or a Bt140,000 fine, or both.

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