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The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development reassures the public that the supply of eggs and poultry products has improved and there is no need for panic buying despite the recent Avian flu outbreak. This outbreak had initially limited the availability of eggs from producers in the country.
To mitigate the shortage, the Department has been importing eggs and poultry products from countries like Brazil, USA, and Argentina.
Reggie Ngcobo of the Department states that the outbreak is now under control and that unaffected farms continue to produce eggs and chickens, accounting for 70% of the production. Ngcobo also adds, “We are happy that the HPI outbreak is under control and that 70% of farms that were not infected continue to produce eggs and chickens. Since the egg production cycle is not too long, we expect the situation to normalise early next year. We will continue to import more eggs should the situation not improve.”
When the outbreak began last month, there were concerns: