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Export of Ukrainian eggs almost halved this year due to war

The Russian war against Ukraine has almost halved the export of Ukrainian eggs this year. Since the beginning of 2022, Ukraine has exported 228 million eggs. That is 42 percent less than in the same period last year, says the Ukrainian Poultry Association. 

Ukrainian eggs are mainly exported to Europe, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Egg production already dropped by 25 percent in 2021, mainly due to expensive feed, gas and electricity, but also the destruction of large chicken farms and storage sheds in Russia.

Since the beginning of the war, the Ukrainian Poultry Association has reported that several chicken farms have been damaged or destroyed. On March 19, a chicken farm in the Dnipro region was destroyed by a Russian missile attack. On May 13, the country's largest chicken farm, Chornobayivska, was reported to have been destroyed.

A large poultry company reported that due to acts of war it was unable to feed the poultry and transport the workers to work because the chicken farm is in Russia-controlled territory. More than four million adult chickens and 700,000 chicks have starved to death on that farm.

As a whole, the Ukrainian egg industry has suffered losses of nearly $51 million as a result of the war. Due to the blockade of Ukrainian ports, the export of eggs has come to a standstill for several months. Now exports have gradually resumed and chicken eggs are transported via Poland and Romania. However, the volumes are still much less than those transported before the war.

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