W38: Chicken Egg

In W38 in the chicken-egg landscape, Indonesian chicken egg farmers are facing significant challenges, with the farmgate price of eggs falling below their production costs. On September 18, the price at the farmer level was USD 1.33 per kilogram (kg), while the government's reference price (HAP) ranged between USD 1.43 and USD 1.56/kg. Therefore, breeders are urging the government to raise the HAP to USD 1.60/kg due to the substantial losses incurred. Furthermore, the cost of corn, a key ingredient in livestock feed, has risen to USD 0.42/kg.

Meanwhile, the farmgate price of Indonesian purebred chicken eggs also declined, dropping to USD 1.55/kg on September 18 from USD 1.57/kg on September 11 and USD 1.56/kg on September 15. Additionally, the retail price of purebred chicken eggs decreased to USD 1.86/kg, down from USD 1.88/kg on September 11. Similarly, on September 20, the price of purebred chicken eggs declined by USD 0.025/kg to USD 1.78/kg

Indonesia recently exported 58,500 chicken hatching eggs (HE) to Myanmar, following the recent export of consumer eggs to Singapore. The Ministry of Agriculture anticipates significant livestock export achievements between 2022 and Q3-23. Notable successes include entering the Singapore market and gaining approval for Indonesian product exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Moreover, the ministry is implementing policies to enhance the quality of livestock products to boost exports. These policies involve the Avian Influenza-free compartment system, Good Breeding Practices, adherence to Animal Welfare Principles, and ensuring food safety through Veterinary Certification.

On Tuesday, September 19, The Japanese government temporarily suspended the import of eggs, live birds, poultry meat, and related products from the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. This suspension comes in response to the discovery of a poultry disease focused in the municipality of Bonito, which primarily involves subsistence poultry farming. However, trade with other states in Brazil remains unaffected and continues as usual.

Lastly, the European Union (EU) is contemplating scrapping proposed regulations meant to enhance animal welfare in agriculture due to worries about escalating food prices, notably driven by the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Initially, the European Commission (EC) had committed to addressing public concerns, including cage farming, killing one-day-old chicks, and fur production and sale. For example, banning the killing of day-old male chicks could increase the cost of a dozen eggs by USD 0.60, and expanding animal living spaces might add USD 0.12 to expenses, as per the proposed bill.

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