Tawau: Chicken egg traders at Pasar Tanjung here hope the shortage in the supply of fresh eggs they have been facing in the past three months can be resolved immediately.
One of the traders, Jainab Amat, 36, said they could now receive an average of only 15 to 50 crates of eggs from the suppliers compared to 100 and even up to 200 crates prior to the current situation.
“The suppliers told us that the stock is becoming less because the supply has been sent to Kota Kinabalu following the deaths of many chickens.
“This has been affecting us traders as well as our regular customers who have run away because we could not meet their demand for eggs,” she told Daily Express, here.
Another trader, Ruhati Welly, 62, said she faced difficulties in getting supply.
“Sometimes, I have to buy eggs from different places like supermarket. Furthermore, I have to sell the eggs of higher grades at higher prices, for which the Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Co-operatives Ministry reprimanded me. I explained to them that the eggs of higher grades are not included in the list of controlled price items,” she said.
For Ida Samsudin, 55, she used to get 100 crates almost every day but now could get only 70 crates.
“Now, the suppliers only come twice in a week instead of every day previously.”
She hoped the relevant authorities would address the problem as soon as possible to enable the traders to continue their business and earn a living.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s Tawau office head, Aslani Dabi, said the shortage of chicken eggs not only happened in Tawau but the whole of Sabah. – Lagatah Toyos