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No egg shortage for Christmas

Published:Saturday | November 22, 2014 | 11:39 PM

The Jamaica Egg Farmers Association (JEFA) egg production is comfortably above the 11.5 million dozen eggs needs to satisfy local demand this Christmas and that the market is unlikely to face another shortage as happened last year.

"The projection is good and the consumer should be comfortable with their eggs for Christmas," JEFA President Roy Baker said Baker.

"At 11.5 million eggs we are usually okay and our projection is just about there or better," Baker said.

He also signalled that egg prices may increase, as is traditionally the case when demand spikes.

"We want to remove the perception that prices are usually adjusted because of Christmas. Usually the price is not adjusted because of Christmas but because the demand is good. At Christmas people take advantage of getting the price up and one has to understand that," said the JEFA president.

He said the cost of production has been running consistently running below the selling price, and periods of peak demand offers farmers the opportunity to go after revenue.

"Some farmers might be forced to move prices because we have been carrying, what I would refer to, as a serious deficit in cost of production against our selling price," he said.

However, "no substantial increase," is expected, he told Sunday Business.

tameka.gordon@gleanerjm.com