Sonam Dema | Intern

Demand for eggs has spiked in the capital as meat shops remain closed for the holy month until June 18.

Shopkeepers said that the price of eggs has increased as soon as the sale of meat stopped. Some said that it might rise again. They blame it on the increasing transportation expenses.

A shopkeeper in Langjophakha sold eggs at Nu 480 per tray. She said, “Egg prices have increased from my supplier so I cannot help it. I think it is due to Saga Dawa. Before, I used to sell a tray for Nu 280-300 only.”

Sherza Allstore, located near Centenary Farmer’s Market in Thimphu sold eggs for Nu.365 per tray. The seller said, “We sell a maximum of around 3 cartons per day.”

Some Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation stores sell as many as 100 cartons per day (210 eggs) to retailers all over Thimphu Dzongkhag. They have suppliers from Sarpang and there is no shortage at all from the farms.

Many shopkeepers and consumers said that they have stocked both eggs and meat before the holy month. There is no shortage regarding the supply of eggs from the poultry farms when enquired.

Madoka Bakery employee said, “It is a regular issue with the eggs, especially during the holy months. So we stay well prepared because cakes and bread are impossible without eggs.”

“I do have some eggs but more of meat kept in stock because it is either meat or eggs that keep my business going. I cannot lose my customers just because it is Saga Dawa,” said another restauranteur.

Some say the egg situation this summer is not as bad as it was last year.

A resident said, “There was a shortage of eggs and our government had to permit the import of eggs in January 2022. The price of eggs rose up to Nu 750 that year.  It is much more affordable today, despite the rise in price.”