Eggs prices set to increase by 20% after avian flu outbreak

The outbreak of avian flu in June prompted farmers to cull millions of egg-laying birds and neighbouring countries including Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana to ban poultry imports from South Africa.

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JOHANNESBURG - Egg prices in South Africa are expected to increase by as much as 20% after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian flu in June forced farmers to cull egg-laying birds.

The outbreak of avian flu in June prompted farmers to cull millions of egg-laying birds and neighbouring countries, including Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana to ban poultry imports from South Africa.

In October industry experts said commercial egg production had tumbled 17% and over 1,000 workers lost their jobs in the wake of the outbreak.

Industry experts are now warning prices are expected to increase between 15% and 20% from this month to June 2018.