Western region is facing shortage of eggs with egg prices rising abnormally after authority banned the importation of chicken and poultry products from Uganda.
The spot check by The Informer showed that most of the traders who deal in the eggs business have run out of stock after they were blocked from importing eggs from Uganda following the outbreak of bird flu that killed several birds in parts of Uganda.
Yesterday health experts with help of police offices erected road blocks on Kenya Unganda boarders and main highways to stop the transportation of eggs and other poultry products from Uganda to Kenya.
Those who had sneaked their way in the Kenya with the eggs were arrested and their eggs held for check up.
At Luanda, Busia, Kakamega, Bumala markets which have many of the egg selling joints had no eggs to sell to the potential customers.
Those who had the old stock before the ban was imposed had to hiked the prices from 300 per crate to 450 shillings. Initially the egg was selling at 10 shillings but those who have stock sell at 15 shillings each.
The ,most affected lot are the hawkers and learning institutions from Western who use eggs every day.
” We are affected by the ban of eggs from the Uganda. Most of us buys eggs directly from Uganda. We have run out of stock,” decried Mercy Awinja egg trader at Luanda market.
Emuhay public health officer Elsham Ambale has directed public health and veterinary officers in the area to be on high alert to ensure no poultry products are not allowed in area until the situation in Uganda normalizes.
Ambale asked the public to be on the lookout and report any unusual poultry deaths to the nearest veterinary or public health officers.