As Kenyans head into Christmas, as it is the norm, the price of many goods and services often go up but this year, the price of eggs is pulling a surprise by doing the opposite in terms of the price. The prices have dropped by more than 17 percent.
Currently, a crate of eggs (containing 30) is retailing between 280 and 300 shillings in most parts of the country, down from 350 and 370 shillings a month ago. The drop in prices has been attributed to an influx of eggs from Uganda.
The famously known as kienyeji eggs are going for 450 and 500 shillings per crate in most parts of the country, down from about 650 and 720 shillings. The same has been attributed to the influx of eggs from neighboring Uganda.
“There are so many cheap eggs flowing in from Uganda, through the Malaba border. An egg at the border is going for as low as 2 shillings. Now tell me, how as a farmer you will sell yours at 10 shillings and get buyers,” said Mr. Ben Sifuna, from Kimilili, Bungoma.
Farmers are now calling on the government of Kenya to regulate the flow of eggs from Uganda saying they are hurting the local farmers and soon they will have nothing to hold on to. “Imagine investing Ksh 500,000 in poultry only to get around Ksh 100,000,” he lamented.
On the contrary, as the price of eggs falls, that of chicken is hitting the roof. A 1-kilogram kienyeji chicken is retailing between 1,000 and 1,200 shillings from 800 shillings. The price of a cock is as high as 2,500 shillings in some parts of the country.
“There is a high demand for chicken right now. It is actually higher than last year at the same time. I think it is because it has been a tough year and people just want to sit down and celebrate,” said Mr. Ambrose Ochieng’ who sells chicken outside Naivas along Outering Road.