Growing Demand for Eggs in Costa Rica

Egg consumption per person in the country increased from 190 units per year in 2012 to between 200 and 202 units for October 2014.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Increased consumption and reduced production in recent months are the elements that have driven down supply and in consequence increased prices of the product in the retail market.

Carlos Morales, president of United Poultry La Garita and director of the National Association of Poultry Farmers (Canavia) said to in relation to the high prices "... Two phenomena have come together. One was the decline in production, because when prices are low farms discard older hens, in order to lower costs. Older animals produce eggs every two days, while the young ones do so daily. Added to this is the increase in demand, both structural and seasonal."

He added, "... Costa Rica produces between 2.5 and 2.6 million eggs a day under normal production conditions. The Canavi estimated there are about 400 farmer in the country." '... It is expected that in the second half of November a balance between supply and demand for the product will be achieved. "

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Costa Rica egg producers are also complaining of loss of yield due to an increased supply, apparently from Panama.

Representatives of the National Poultry Chamber (Canavia) indicate that this situation has led to a drop in producer’s prices. The current value is $1.38 per kilo, well below the $2.06 that would be the price if all costs were covered.

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