As the popular adage says "the rooster will be a very rooster, but the hen is the one with the eggs", or at least that saying applies with the POLI-AVICES laying hen farm of the CES University of Medellín, which has “clear” the production of eggs during the days of quarantine, due to the growing demand among the diners of Antioquia.
The POLI-AVICES farm is located in the municipality of Marinilla, in the Eastern Antioquia region. The space, enabled since January 2019 in agreement with the Jaime Isaza Cadavid Polytechnic, has 2,000 floor birds, which are in the 82nd week of life and are part of batch 2, whose laying capacity is 80%. that is, about 1,600 eggs a day.
"The birds are currently in perfect health conditions which is reflected in consumption, absence of morbidity and percentage of production, additionally a persistence of 60 weeks above 80% of production has been observed which allows us to exceed each day the productive parameters budgeted in the initial project ”, explained Francisco Garay Pineda, coordinator of POLI-AVICES and professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of the CES University.
Given the contingency of the coronavirus and the economic difficulties of households to supply food, the egg became an affordable alternative. Proof of this is associated with the fact that all the production of the AVICES farm has only met the demand of diners in Marinilla and areas surrounding the population, under compliance with strict controls and biosafety protocols for its distribution.
“All the eggs are being located in the municipality of Marinilla with a sale price that benefits us from the point of view of production costs. It must be taken into account that in most areas there is abuse of prices with this type of products and this leads people to search for POLI-AVICES both for price and quality. In addition, that, as a company with social responsibility, we must be aware of the difficulties in times of crisis and for this reason we must also be responsible avoiding speculation ”, added Garay Pineda.
In this quarantine, egg consumption at the national level has increased notably. Previously, producers had to look for other markets to locate the surpluses, but now, some do not have the production and installed capacity to meet the demand.