There is a massive shortage of eggs in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, a self-declared republic in northwest Somalia, because so many of its diaspora community has returned and they’re consuming eggs very seriously.
Egg processing companies and dealers said they can’t cope the demand and consumers have been forced to pay almost double the price since a large number of people from the diaspora started arriving in the country during this winter period.
Every year, between June and September, Hargeisa becomes a different city – its population swells – as Somaliland’s diaspora community from the US, Canada, Europe, the Gulf and the rest of Africa return to the city. Their four months’ stay boost the local economy, and in the process, Hargeisa’s diaspora visitors cause shortage of eggs.
Now, some dealers are planning to import this commodity to tackle the shortage.
Mubarak Oldon, who owns an egg distributing company, attributed the shortage of eggs to the winter season where people consume extra eggs and the large number of Somaliland diaspora currently in Hargeisa.
“We’re facing huge shortage because we have got so many people in Hargeisa now. What we produce is not enough but we are trying our best to produce and import more,” Oldon said.
Almost every household use eggs for breakfast. Eggs are mixed with wheat flour to make pan cakes, chapati, bread, some use to make toasts and bake cakes, and the list could go on forever.
Restaurants and households are scrambling to find eggs and have been hit hard by this crisis.
“The egg shortage has hit us hard. Sometime we will have breakfast without eggs. It is very hard,” Ali Hassan, a restaurant manager said.
“The price has gone up and the supply, too, has become an issue.”