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Kakamega County hit by Egg, Chicken shortage

30 May 2014, 12:27

Nairobi - Considering the obsession and love of chicken and egg by the Luhya community, it is somewhat surprising that there is a shortage of both commodities in Kakamega County.

According to a report on Business Daily, there is a chronic shortage of both commodities, which has seen the respective prices sky-rocket.

A County government report notes that the consumption of eggs in the county is a staggering 170 million, whilst the available resources is only 35 million.

The report further says that the county has thus been forced to import eggs and chicken from as far as central Kenya, Uasin Gishu and Nandi.

It is understood that the shortage, caused by poor rearing techniques, where owners of chicken let them roam around as compared to holding them in safe spaces has thus caused the prices of eggs rise to as high as KES 30 per egg, much higher than in places like Nairobi where they go for between KES 8 and 10.

Added to that, there has been a recent bird disease in the County, with close to 5,000 chicken dying due to the disease.

- For more visit Business Daily.

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