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Thanks to imports from other countries, South Africans can relax and stop panic-buying eggs.

That’s the message from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

The Department wanted to keep people reassured that there is enough stock as they are currently processing import permits from other countries.

According to the Department, the bird flu is under control and 70% of farms that weren’t affected are currently continuing to produce both eggs and chickens.

The Department expects the egg production cycle to normalise and stabilise during the first few months of 2024.

Until then, the Department is allowing eggs and poultry meat to be imported to ensure more stock for the holiday season.

So far, 115 permits for eggs, 48 for egg powder and more than 2,400 permits for poultry meat have been granted.

The bird flu outbreak caused a massive shortage of eggs and chickens in supermarkets. Gauteng was the province hit the hardest.

Namibia has banned the import of chicken meat and eggs from South Africa.

Image credit: The Citizen

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