Last night, on April 4th, a new stock of eggs was imported from India to Sri Lanka, according to the State Trading Corporation (STC). This brings the total number of imported eggs thus far to 4 million. The first stock of 2 million eggs arrived on March 23rd, while the second shipment carrying 1 million eggs arrived four days ago.
Although the second shipment has arrived, it is still awaiting approval from the Animal Production & Health Department. Samples from the third egg consignment that reached the island last night will also be referred to laboratories for testing later today, according to STC Chairman Asiri Walisundara.
Currently, the imported eggs are only distributed among bakery product manufacturers as they have not yet received approval to be sold for the general public. The long-awaited import of eggs comes after a shortage of eggs in the country, which resulted in a significant price increase in local markets.
It is hoped that the imported eggs will alleviate the shortage and help to stabilise prices. However, the Animal Production & Health Department must first grant approval for the eggs to be sold to the general public. The public is eagerly awaiting the government’s decision, hoping for a solution to the ongoing egg shortage.