IPOH - The increase in egg prices in Malaysia is because of bird flu affecting poultry, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub said on Saturday (Dec 15).
He said the bird flu is causing a shortage in egg supply, but he assured the public that this was only temporary.
"My ministry is in discussions with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry on steps to contain the prices," he told reporters on the sidelines of Parti Amanah Negara's national convention.
It was reported recently that many egg farmers are closing shop due to soaring feed prices, and that egg production had dropped by an estimated 70 per cent compared to two years ago. With demand exceeding supply, prices have risen.