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Farmers say hot weather so chickens laying fewer eggs. Egg supply down, prices up. Others say exports & new school term to blame. 

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Egg prices go up again as mercury rises

28 May 2013

Chicken egg prices rose again in several parts of the country yesterday, with farmers and sellers blaming the increases on hot weather, rising demand and exports.

In Buri Ram province, chicken egg prices have risen three times this month alone.

The latest increase occurred yesterday, with the price going up by 10 satang per egg. The largest eggs cost 4.50 baht apiece. Vendors at the Buri Ram municipal market say their sales are dropping because people are buying fewer eggs at the higher prices.

Local vendors Plian Wetcharam and Prapha Kaeo-ake said chicken farmers claimed they had to raise egg prices because the hot weather had caused their birds to lay fewer eggs.

In Phitsanulok province, the retail price rose by 90 satang per egg yesterday.

Vendor Phitsanu Yoddamnoen said the number of chickens laying eggs was dropping, while demand for eggs has risen at the beginning of the new school term.

The local price of chicken eggs rose from 3.50-3.80 baht to 4.20-4.50 baht per egg, depending on their size. Food vendors have raised the price of fried eggs from 5-7 baht each to 10 baht.

In Ang Thong province, prices are on the rise for both chicken and duck eggs.

A large chicken egg was priced at 4.50 baht yesterday, and the price is to increase by a further 10 satang today. Chicken farmers there also claimed the hot weather was affecting egg supplies.

Many local food vendors have taken dishes containing eggs off the menu, while consumers are asking authorities to control egg prices and verify the farmers' claims.

In Phichit province, chicken egg prices rose from 2.50-4 baht to 3.50-4.20 baht apiece, but large eggs were not available.

Local vendors said some consumers had stopped buying eggs.

Tewin Wannaying, a chicken egg wholesaler in Nakhon Ratchasima province, said the price of chicken eggs rose by 10-20% a year because of demand for egg exports limiting local supplies, old egg-layers being removed, and rising demand at the beginning of the new school term.

He said he does not think the weather is a factor because chicken farms are temperature-controlled. He urged authorities to control chicken egg prices at farms.

Chicken egg prices have also increased in Bangkok and surrounding areas. Average prices range from 3.50 to 4.20 baht apiece at the Ying Charoen market and from 3.30 to 4.20 baht at the Talad Thai market

(Source: Bangkok Post, AGRICULTURE, Egg prices go up again as mercury rises, 28 May 2013, link


Egg Price Vocabulary

eggs - the oval white things that can turn into a baby chicken inside it and that people like to eat ไข (See Wikipedia)
lay eggs - ตกไข่, ช่วงเวลาที่จะมีไข่ เช่น ปลากำลังตกไข่ เป็นต้น

the hot weather had caused their birds to lay fewer eggs.

egg-layers - chickens that lay eggs, hens แม่ไก่
old egg-layers being removed

supply -
the amount of goods being sold & available to buy in the market อุปทาน
demand -
the amount of good that people need and want to buy อุปสงค์

supply and demand - in a competitive market the price will change so that demand equals supply and all the goods are sold (market clearing price), the most important idea in economics อุปทานและอุปสงค์ (See Wikipedia)

temperature - อุณหภูมิ, ระดับความร้อน
temperature rise - อุณหภูมิเพิ่ม

weather - the condition of the world outside, such as whether it is hot or cold or raining or sunny or if there is a storm  อากาศ, ภูมิอากาศ, สภาพอากาศ
hot weather

mercury rises - when the temperature rises and it is hotter outside
Egg prices go up again as mercury rises

blame - saying or believing that someone caused something bad to happen รับผิดชอบต่อสิ่งไม่ดีที่เกิดขึ้น
farmers blamed hot weather for falling egg supply

Chicken egg prices rose again in several parts of the country yesterday, with farmers and sellers blaming the increases on hot weather, rising demand and exports.

demand - the need and desire to buy goods and services by households and businesses

municipal - of a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
municipal market - the city or town market

vendors - sellers พ่อค้า people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
food vendors
market vendors  
vendors at the municipal market

Vendors
at the Buri Ram municipal market say their sales are dropping because people are buying fewer eggs at the higher prices.

local - 1. in this country (Thailand); 2. in a small local area or community
local price of chicken eggs
local vendors

Local vendors Plian Wetcharam and Prapha Kaeo-ake said chicken farmers claimed they had to raise egg prices because the hot weather had caused their birds to lay fewer eggs.

retail - to sell directly to the public for their own use ขายปลีก
retail price
retail price of eggs
In Phitsanulok province, the retail price rose by 90 satang per egg yesterday.

school term - one period of time that school runs for, that students take classes and get grades for เทอม
the beginning of the new
school term

Vendor Phitsanu Yoddamnoen said the number of chickens laying eggs was dropping, while demand for eggs has risen at the beginning of the new school term.

The local price of chicken eggs rose from 3.50-3.80 baht to 4.20-4.50 baht per egg, depending on their size.

In Ang Thong province, prices are on the rise for both chicken and duck eggs

A large chicken egg was priced at 4.50 baht yesterday, and the price is to increase by a further 10 satang today. Chicken farmers there also claimed the hot weather was affecting egg supplies.

dish - a kind of food that someone prepares and eats at home or orders at a restaurant จาน,จานกับข้าว,อาหาร1จาน, อาหารคาว   
dishes containing eggs

menu - the list of food available to order given to customers at a restaurant รายการอาหาร, เมนู
take off the menu

control - limit, reduce or stop the way something can move or what it can do ควบคุม
control egg prices

authorities - the police or people in government official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)  เจ้าหน้าที่ ผู้มีอำนาจของรัฐ

consumers - people who buy things (individuals and families)
consumers are asking authorities to control egg prices

verify - check and prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง
verify claims
verify the farmer's claims

Many local food vendors have taken dishes containing eggs off the menu, while consumers are asking authorities to control egg prices and verify the farmers' claims.

In Phichit province, chicken egg prices rose from 2.50-4 baht to 3.50-4.20 baht apiece, but large eggs were not available.

Local vendors said some consumers had stopped buying eggs.

exports limiting local supplies

Tewin Wannaying, a chicken egg wholesaler in Nakhon Ratchasima province, said the price of chicken eggs rose by 10-20% a year because of demand for egg exports limiting local supplies, old egg-layers being removed, and rising demand at the beginning of the new school term.

factor - a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย

He said he does not think the weather is a factor because chicken farms are temperature-controlled.

urged - requested them to do, tried to get them to do, advised someone very strongly about what action should be taken วิงวอน

He urged authorities to control chicken egg prices at farms.

surrounding - all around a place บริเวณรอบๆ
surrounding areas
Bangkok and surrounding areas

Chicken egg prices have also increased in Bangkok and surrounding areas.

average -
the middle number in a group of numbers, the typical or usual โดยเฉลี่ย,  เฉลี่ย
average prices

range from  X to Y - a number that is beween X and Y (from X to Y)
apiece - for each one

Average prices range from 3.50 to 4.20 baht apiece at the Ying Charoen market and from 3.30 to 4.20 baht at the Talad Thai market

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