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‘Avian flu hits egg production, over 1,000 jobs lost’

The SA Poultry Association says commercial egg production per day has dropped to 17 million from 20.4 million after an outbreak of the H5N8 virus was detected in June.

Picture: Pixabay.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The SA Poultry Association says egg production in South Africa has tumbled 17% and over 1,000 workers have lost their jobs in the wake of an outbreak of Avian flu.

It says commercial egg production per day has dropped to 17 million from 20.4 million after an outbreak of the H5N8 virus was detected in June.

The impact of the virus on the poultry industry also poses a risk for food price inflation.

Inflation rose to 5.1% in September up from 4.8% in August.

Last week, the Poultry Association said that retailers may already be struggling with egg supply.

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

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

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Additional reporting by Ilze-Marie Le Roux.