Peredur Owen Griffiths has called on the Labour Government to intervene ensure the future of the egg industry in Wales.
The Plaid Cymru MS for South Wales East made the calls during questions to the Rural Affairs Minister.
He said recent shortages in supermarket aisles were indicative of “deep trouble” within the sector which needed urgent attention to remedy.
Speaking in the Siambr, Peredur said: “Most people who have been food shopping in recent months will have noticed a shortage of eggs.
“Some producers, faced with rising costs and supermarkets that refuse to reflect this in their contracts, are leaving the industry if they can.
“This was made clear to me by an egg producer in my region during a recent meeting. They told me in no uncertain terms that the egg sector is in deep trouble.
“Minister, what can be done to get better co-ordination in the supply chain to give our farmers confidence to produce our Welsh eggs?
“Unless this matter is tackled, we face increased importation of eggs importation of eggs to fill the gap, with no guarantee that they were produced to the same standard and therefore free from bacteria like salmonella.
“It is vital that eggs remain fully traceable as well as affordable, and I would like to know what the Government is doing to address the major problem in the sector.”
In reply, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths said she had written to her counterpart in the Tory UK Government before Christmas about the matter but was still waiting on a reply.
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