Eggs shortage continues - Pic by SA Poultry Association

The Western Cape government has released an update on the egg shortage and avian influenza affecting birds in the province.

There are 63 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape and no new infections at commercial farms since 18 October.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde says the confirmed cases included 12 layer farms. 

To date 2.8 million commercial poultry birds have died or been culled and the Western Cape has lost more than 60% of layer hens.

The latest data on egg shortages, as well as the effect on food prices, will be complete in late November, when the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy releases its report.

The Joint Operations Centre established by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Provincial Disaster Management Centre will meet this week to provide a progress report on the provincial government’s response to the outbreak.

The humanitarian relief plan is being rolled out in partnership with social organisations.

In the meantime, there will be a scramble for eggs in supermarkets and the prices will continue to rise.