Prices to rise as egg producers crack under price pressure

Posted by James Ferre on 29th May 2008

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Egg Group has warned that egg prices will have to rise if fuel costs continue to soar.

VFF Egg Group President Brian Ahmed claimed the egg industry was a victim of the factors leading to rising food prices. “Producers have been forced to absorb much of the historic highs being experienced with grain prices, which represent over 50 per cent of input costs,” Mr Ahmed said. “Now on top of that we are being hit with these fuel price increases.”

“Something has to give or egg production just won’t be viable. Unfortunately, consumers may be facing an increase in egg prices sometime soon if fuel prices keep going the way they are,” he added.

The drought continues to pressure primary producers throughout Victoria and it seems the increased cost of fuel will have to be passed on at some stage to consumers.

“The alternative is we will have very limited numbers of farmers left and that is in no one’s best interest,” Mr Ahmed concluded.