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‘Increase price’ call from egg industry
2:54pm Thursday 22nd March 2012 in Farming news
FREE-RANGE egg producers need to see a significant and immediate increase in the price they receive to maintain supplies in the long-term, according to the NFU.
Free-range producers have struggled for 18 months amid a background of rising costs, low egg prices and oversupply in the free-range market.
However, since January 1 and the introduction of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive, egg supplies have tightened across the UK and Europe, leading to increases in the price of cage and barn eggs, but as yet no corresponding move in the freerange market.
NFU poultry board chairman Charles Bourns has called on the supply chain to recognise the seismic shift that is taking place right now in the egg market and to ensure that the British freerange egg industry retains its ability to invest in the future.