Russia is completely dependent on the import of chicken eggs, which are needed for the production of vaccines, said the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert. He explained that for the manufacture of vaccines – including against coronavirus and influenza – eggs are needed that are free of pathogenic microflora, but there are no factories producing such eggs in Russia.
According to Mr. Dankvert, it is “wrong” for a country not to have its own production of eggs free of pathogenic microflora, because “this is a strategic issue.” “There are special factories that produce these eggs, but there are no such factories in our country at all. The eggs used for the production of vaccines are all imported, ”he said in an interview with RBC at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
He also said that in general, eggs in the country rise in price every year before Easter, when the demand for them increases. At the end of May, producers warned of the risk of an egg shortage. “Everyone was shouting about egg prices before Easter. Every year, on the eve of fasting, consumption decreases, before Easter eggs become more expensive, because demand increases – they buy everything to paint, then people buy it, after that the egg becomes cheaper, and by autumn everything calms down, ”explained the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade had earlier called on retailers to raise purchase prices for chicken eggs in order to prevent a reduction in the number of hens and a shortage in the future. At the same time, the Ministry of Agriculture does not expect a shortage of chicken eggs on the domestic market.
Read about the support of poultry farmers in the material of “Kommersant” “Broilers are not informed about the limits.”