The Straits Times
Published on Oct 26, 2012

Egg prices rising as Malaysian farms cull hens for meat


Egg prices here have risen over the past month as more egg-laying hens in Malaysian farms are culled to be sold for meat instead, creating a shortage in eggs.

The move by some 400 farms is a reaction to higher prices for feed in addition to higher prices fetched by meat, said Mr Yap Hoong Chai, chairman of the country's Federation of Livestock Farmers' Association layer unit.

"All price increases in the last month or so can be attributed to the culling," he said, adding that exporters increased prices by one cent per egg this week.

This comes after two or three earlier price increases of half a cent to a cent per egg over the past month. The result is being felt here.