Sri Lanka expands egg imports from Indian farms to tackle growing demand

The largest importing agency in the crisis-hit island nation said on Tuesday that Sri Lanka will import 1 million eggs per day from five chicken farms in India to meet the growing market demand.

Sri Lanka State Trading Corporation (STC) Chairman Asiri Valisundara said 20 million eggs were imported from India, of which 10 million were put on the market.

The Colombo news portal quoted Valisundara as saying that the eggs are being imported from two chicken farms in India, and the Department of Animal Production has also agreed to buy eggs from three other farms.

STC Chairman Walisundara said that it was decided to import one million eggs per day from five chicken farms in India.

He said that permission has been obtained to import eggs from three other farms according to the report provided by the three officials of the Animal Production Department and the State Trading Corporation who visited the poultry farms in India.

The News First television station reported that the import of extra eggs depends on market demand.

He added that the imported eggs will be delivered to bakeries, biscuit manufacturers, catering services and restaurants at a price of SLR 35 each, according to the report.

Sri Lanka has been facing a severe and unprecedented economic crisis since last year. High inflation has eroded purchasing power, many people’s livelihoods have been affected, and the previous development gains have been reversed. The island nation is struggling to normalize its crisis-hit economy after it announced its first debt default in April last year.