Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said, they will announce a new Maximum Retail Price (MRP) for eggs next month, after consulting with the Trade Minister.
He claimed that the Gazette Notification, announcing the Maximum Retail Price for eggs, was issued without consulting him and he had no idea what price they intended to announce as the maximum retail price.
Speaking to the media after a meeting with egg distributors, he stated that the production cost of eggs in July was Rs 46.
“The eggs will not be sold for more than Rs 50. It is acceptable to grant permission to sell eggs at Rs 50. Because there is a shortage of eggs on the market, anyone who wants to buy eggs is currently unable to do so. Egg producers are also in a difficult situation if the eggs cannot be sold,” he explained. Further, he said importing eggs is not acceptable.
“Right now, there is a chicken food shortage. We have granted permission to import maize and other chicken food. We will take steps to make them available to egg producers at a fee,” he said.
The All Ceylon Poultry Traders Association (ACPTA) Treasurer Vijaya Alwis claimed that the Trade Minister has double standards, saying one thing to producers and another the next.
BY Thameenah Razeek