Initial financial support, estimated at $20 million, will be allocated to Mexican poultry producers affected by the country's outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the state of Jalisco, according to the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture.

The first batch of funds will compensate affected producers for flock losses and will extend credit lines at preferential rates. In addition, the secretariat and producers are working within a new regulatory framework to establish a minimum distance between poultry houses and farms to limit the future impact of poultry diseases.

Some neighbor states, such as Zacatecas and Nayarit, have offered available land to move farms from the affected areas in Los Altos de Jalisco, which had the world’s highest concentration of commercial egg laying hens before the outbreak. Producers are also seeing to include compensation funding, to be used in case of any sanitary emergency, in any new poultry legislation.

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Mexico Egg Prices

Wholesale egg prices continue to remain stable at core terminal markets in Mexico. The National Service of Markets Information, an agency of the Mexican Department of Economy, said wholesale prices for bulk table eggs are fluctuating between $1.30 to $1.44 per dozen, slightly lower in comparison to mid-September numbers, according to USA Poultry & Egg Export Council Mexico Director José Luis Cruz. U.S. table eggs also continue into Mexico, through local egg producers that seek to supply product to selected clients in the north. Mexican egg companies, particularly unaffected producers, are molting their hens to extend production.