Vijayawada: World Egg Day will be celebrated in Vijayawada today as per the directions of Central government. The International Egg Commission has decided to celebrate second Friday of October as ‘World Egg Day’ every year. The Central government has decided to celebrate the same in four places in the country - Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Mumbai and Vijayawada this year. Cultural programmes promoting consumption of eggs and contests would mark the World Egg Day celebrations to be held in Vijayawada. A run is also being organised on the occasion.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu would inaugurate world Egg Day celebrations. Important dignitaries from South India are being invited to take part in the celebrations. The celebrations would include contests in making egg-based preparations with participation from hoteliers, students and the people.

Andhra Pradesh stood second after Tamil Nadu in production of eggs by producing 1,309.59 crore eggs in 2014-15. Three-fourth (75 per cent) of total eggs produced in Andhra Pradesh are from four districts,

East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur. India is the third largest egg producer in the world after China and USA. The Per Capita Egg consumption in AP is 99 eggs per year against the national average of 68 eggs and the recommendation of National Nutrition Council of 180 eggs per head per annum.

World Egg Day is a unique opportunity to help propagate the nutritive value of eggs in human nutrition and thus helps in increasing egg consumption, which is the main source of protein. The egg white consists primarily of water (87 per cent) and protein (13 per cent) with all the essential amino acids in the right ratios. Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, folate, selenium and zinc. Eggs are highly fulfilling and helping in losing weight.

The egg, which comes in a unique shell of its own, is the only farm product that cannot be adulterated. The National Egg Co-ordination Committee (NECC) is conducting several programmes to promote awareness about the nutritional value of the egg as part of the World Egg Day campaign.

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