According to a senior official, Maharashtra is facing a daily shortage of one crore eggs, and the animal husbandry department has developed a plan to boost the state’s supply. More than 2.25 crore eggs are consumed in Maharashtra per day.
The state has the capacity to produce 1 to 1.25 crore eggs per day and the department has been chalking out a plan to meet the need, the animal husbandry department’s additional commissioner Dr. Dhananjay Parkale said.
“The animal husbandry department plans to give 50 White Leghorn chickens at a subsidized rate of Rs 21,000 along with 1,000 cages to each district in an attempt to increase the production,” the official said.
The department has sent the proposal to the state government for further sanctions, he added.
Although there is a rise in egg prices in the city, Nagpur currently is not experiencing an egg shortage.
Mahadev, a wholesaler, and retailer in Nagpur told The Live Nagpur that “In the winter, the hens produce fewer eggs. Although there isn’t a significant shortage of eggs in the city markets, the price has gone up. The current rate per tray in retail is Rs 175/- whereas the rate per tray in wholesale is Rs 170/-.”