NEW DELHI: The demand for eggs, which had fallen throughout January-February because of the fowl flu outbreak, has bounced again with rise in consumption of key poultry commodity to spice up immunity amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with authorities officers and business specialists.
The revival in demand amid tight provides after fowl flu outbreak and a pointy rise in poultry feed value have led to a rise in retail costs to Rs 6-7 per egg relying on the areas.
However farm gate charges haven’t gone up commensurate to rise in enter value, affecting farmers, they mentioned.
Egg is among the many protein-rich meals prescribed for COVID-19 sufferers and is the most affordable supply of protein accessible to folks, specialists mentioned.
“There’s a pattern in improve in consumption of eggs in the previous couple of months.
Egg has the very best 11 per cent protein content material,” O P Chaudhary, Joint Secretary within the Animal Husbandry, Poultry and Dairy Ministry, informed PTI.
One other official within the ministry mentioned it’s troublesome to estimate a month-to-month rise in egg consumption.
Nevertheless, he mentioned India’s annual consumption has elevated to 86 eggs per individual in 2019-20 from 79 eggs per individual within the earlier yr.
Indian Broiler Group Managing Director Gulrej Alam mentioned the poultry business was impacted badly throughout April-Could 2020 final yr because of the lockdown as demand for each eggs and hen declined.
Nevertheless, he mentioned demand revived between June and December final yr.
Alam mentioned the demand acquired once more impacted in January-February this yr resulting from fowl flu outbreak.
In June 2020, month-to-month consumption stood at common 7 eggs per individual, which fell to 4 eggs per individual resulting from fowl flu scare.
“After March, the demand has bounced again to common 7 eggs per individual as demand for eggs as immunity booster caught the minds of individuals throughout the second wave of the pandemic,” he mentioned.
The demand for eggs is extra in city areas when put next with rural areas.
When the city demand rises, costs robotically go up, mentioned Praveen Garg, Zonal Chairman at Nationwide Egg Coordination Committee.
“Egg remains to be the most affordable supply of protein right this moment.
At a retail worth of Rs 7 per egg, you’re getting 11 per cent protein.
In no different supply of protein, you’re going to get this a lot protein at simply Rs 7.
Subsequently, there’s good demand for egg,” mentioned Prasanna Pedgaonkar, basic supervisor of poultry-focused Venky’s.
The availability of eggs is tight as poultry farms should not working at their full capability in lots of components of the nation after fowl flu early this yr, covid-induced restrictions and different causes like rising feed value, he added.
As per the federal government information, India’s egg manufacturing rose to 140 billion in 2019-20 from 103 billion in 2018-19.
And 98 per cent of the eggs produced is consumed within the nation itself.
Gurugram-based startup Eggoz cofounder Abhishek Negi mentioned: “We’ve seen big surge in demand for branded and Eggoz eggs up to now few months because the onset of second wave of covid pandemic.
” Eggoz branded enterprise has grown by greater than 100 per cent month-on-month over the previous few months, he mentioned.
“Prospects have gotten more and more conscious of well being and immunity boosting advantages of eggs,” Negi mentioned.
He knowledgeable that Eggoz has launched an enriched variant referred to as Nutraplus the place two eggs can fulfill every day beneficial consumption of Vitamin D and B12 amongst different nutritional vitamins.
“An egg that used to fetch round Rs 3-3.5/piece for the farmers within the months of April, Could in Haryana touched all time excessive of Rs 5.5 and is now trailing at Rs 4.8/piece,” Negi mentioned.
This has offered much-needed monetary enhance to layer farmers within the nation and can assist them meet their increased value of manufacturing resulting from elevated costs of soya, Negi mentioned.
Unpackaged eggs in retail are at the moment being bought at round 7-8 per piece in untraceable format which has elevated from regular Rs 5-6 per piece, he mentioned.
Branded eggs are bought at increased charges, round Rs 10 and above.
Eggoz has its personal poultry farm in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
It additionally has tie ups with different poultry farms for procurement of eggs.