Sri Lanka Too Marks World Egg Day Today!

Shakila Ifham

October 14, 2022

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More than 500 pregnant mothers will be given a nutritional bag each at Angunakolapelessa town hall today to mark World Egg Day. 

The World Egg Day is celebrated on October 14 every year. In 1996, it was decided at the IEC – International Egg Conference in Vienna that an international day should be reserved for eggs for the first time.

Since then, every year in the month of October, World Egg Day is celebrated by many other countries, however, in Sri Lanka, no programmes have been organized to celebrate this day.

Therefore, many people do not know that an international day has been set aside for eggs.

Eggs are a food with maximum nutrients for minimum money expenditure. Eggs have many nutrients such as selenium, vitamins A, D, K, B6, and B12; and are a nutritious food with the minerals zinc, iron, and copper. The most important thing is that eggs contain a chemical called choline, which improves a person’s memory.

Annual egg production in Sri Lanka is between 1000 and million. At present, the annual per capita consumption of eggs here is about 125 eggs.

Due to the lack of chemical fertilizers in the last 2021/22 season, maize and soya cultivation in Sri Lanka was crippled, so egg production and poultry production are currently facing a severe crisis, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

By July of this year, the production of eggs in this country has decreased to 164 million and the production of chicken meat has decreased to 18 metric tons.

However, in April this year the production of chicken meat in this country was 21 tonnes and the production of eggs was at a high level of 220 million.

Although the annual production of eggs in our country was 2,934 million in 2021, due to the shortage of animal feed in 2022, egg production decreased by 34 percent to 1,963 million.

“However, we are still self-sufficient in egg and chicken production,” a Ministry spokesperson added.