Quantum Foods, the Western Cape-based poultry and animal feeds business, has bemoaned rising feed raw material costs and declining egg prices, which have put pressure on its operations. In the six months to end-March, SA’s largest egg producer said the input costs, especially maize and the egg selling prices heightened volatility in its business. The price of yellow maize increased by 29.5% because of dry conditions in the maize-producing areas of the North West and western Free State, the producer of the Nulaid eggs said. “Egg prices declined by 14.1% and volumes increased by 2.9%. With egg prices declining and input costs increasing, the pressure on margins increased,” the company said. Quantum said load-shedding had an adverse effect on its feed business as more than 2,000 tons of feed had to be procured from other feed mills at higher prices. “Load-shedding also negatively affected the cost recovery in the feed mills.” The company said its businesses in the rest of Africa perf...

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