Around 50 Per Cent Drop in Gujarat Egg Consumption22 August 2014
INDIA - Egg consumption in Gujarat has fallen by around 50 per cent in August partly because of the month of Shravan when people fast and partly because of festivals that are round the corner.
According to The Times of India, on an average, around 40-50 lakh eggs are sold every day in the retail market in the state. However, during Shravan and other festivals, the consumption falls by around 50 per cent.
The fall in demand has led the poultry owners to send their produce outside the state. The wholesalers feel that the consumption will be less till the first week of September, but will increase later. This will again see a drop during Navratri festival.
The fall in consumption has led to decrease in the prices in the wholesale market. However, the prices in retail market have remained unchanged and hovered at Rs 5 per egg.
According to the National Egg Co-ordination Committee, the Association of Poultry Owners, the price of egg was Rs 330 for 100 pieces on Wednesday.
The average price for 100 eggs in June was Rs 338 which reduced to Rs 328 in July and in the first 20 days, the average price was around Rs 311.
Prakash Patel, a poultry farm owner in Kheda, said that usually on an average around 40-50 lakh pieces are consumed every day. But there is a fall in the urban and rural areas by around 40 per cent during festivals.
Mohammed Salim, a wholesaler in the Walled City, said that the consumption had fallen by around 50 per cent and the prices had also come down from Rs 54 per dozen to Rs 48 per dozen.
He said that usually he sells over 10,000 pieces in a day, but these days he can only sell around 5,000-odd pieces.
He said that the sale would further increase in the first week of September and during the winter the sale would be at the peak.
Similarly, Iliyas Panjwani, another dealer in the western part of the city, said that the consumption would be low till the end of this month, while the season would be at its peak during winter when the prices would even cross Rs 7 per piece.
He said that during the festivals the prices and consumption always take a nose dive as people during these holy months keep away from eating eggs.ThePoultrySite News Desk