Producers agree to sell eggs at Rs 50

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The All Ceylon Egg Producers Association (ACEPA) said they had agreed to retail an egg at Rs 50 during discussions with the Minister of Trade Commerce and Food Security, Nalin Fernando and the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA).

Responding to questions when contacted, ACEPA Secretary Ratnasiri Alahakoon said yesterday (23) that following discussions which lasted till late Monday (22) evening with Minister Fernando and CAA officials they had reached a consensus to retail an egg at Rs 50.

He said however that revising or annulling the Gazette issued was up to the CAA as those officials too had been a part of the discussions.

Alahakoon noted that the Minister had also pledged to support egg producers in purchasing raw materials such as maize, broken rice, and rice polish at a concessionary price. “He pledged to control prices of raw materials.

Alahakoon said that the price of raw materials, fish meal, vitamins and vaccines that were given to poultry had increased by 300 fold making it difficult for egg producers to cope and a large number of them to sell their poultry farms.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne