Bird Flu Blamed for Egg Shortage in Zimbabwe

The outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu last year resulted to a massive shortage of chicken eggs on the local market in Zimbabwe.

Irvine’s, the largest poultry producer and supplier of eggs in Zimbabwe, first reported the outbreak in May followed by a commercial farm in Mashonaland East Province two months later. The outbreak led to the culling of hundreds of thousands birds.

“I think the shortage of eggs on the market is very obvious following the H5N8. People have been importing them since then, but we are expecting the shortage to go down as well as the prices,” said Retired Colonel George Nare, chairperson of Zimbabwe Poultry Farmers Association.

The shortage of eggs on the market led to a drastic price increase.

Nare said the situation was likely to be better in the next three months as most of the country’s chick layers would have matured.

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