August 23, 2022
Hot weather leads to higher egg prices in China
Scorching temperatures in eastern China have pushed up egg prices, as hens are laying fewer in a hotter-than-usual summer, local media reported.
Multiple major cities in China have recorded their hottest days ever this year, and the country's national observatory issued a red alert on August 15.
In Hefei city, farmers reported a drop in egg production due to heat, according to a Jianghuai Morning News report, adding that some facilities have installed cooling systems for their hens.
The drop in supply in several provinces has caused egg prices to jump.
In Hefei, Anhui province's capital, they were up around 30%, and there were similar spikes in the cities of Hangzhou and Hai'an, according to local media.
Hefei has so far logged 14 days of temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius, Hefei Evening News said, noting that this was a record.
Sustained exposure to extreme temperatures can exacerbate losses in production from animals, including eggs and milk, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
While the number of hens laying in China has not decreased, they have been consuming less on hot days, Qianjiang Evening News added.