China is seeing its worst heatwave in 60 years. The intense heat has increased the demand for air conditioning in homes and businesses, overloading the power grid. It’s not only humans; animals are also under stress due to the heatwave. 

 Channel News Asia cited a Jianghuai Morning News report last week that reported farmers in Hefei city are now experiencing a drop in egg production as a result of the heat. Some even have set up cooling systems for their hens.

Egg prices have recently increased due to the drop in supply in several provinces.

Local media reports that prices for eggs were up nearly 30% in Hefei, the capital of the Anhui province. Hangzhou and Hai’an cities have also experienced the same thing.

Hefei Evening News said that Hefei has broken records for having 14 days of temperatures exceeding 38 degrees Celsius (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.)

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, long-term exposure to high temperatures can worsen losses in animal production, including milk and eggs.

The research titled ‘Impact of Heat Stress on Poultry Production’ published by the National Library of Medicine in 2013 shows the negative impacts of heat stress on poultry and creates efficient solutions.

According to the research, “Heat stress is one of the most important environmental stressors challenging poultry production worldwide. The detrimental effects of heat stress on broilers and laying hens range from reduced growth and egg production to decreased poultry and egg quality and safety.”

China is suffering from unusually high temperatures and prolonged drought, which can impact crop yields and drinking water supplies.

According to the official Xinhua news agency on Tuesday, a severe drought in eastern China’s Jiangxi province has resulted in 11,000 residents having trouble accessing drinking water. In addition, more than 346,000 acres of crops are affected.

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