Category “Poultry”

Zambia: Poultry Sector Shows the Way

THE Poultry industry in Zambia has been showing dynamism regarding production, commercial and technological factors. The sector is one of the most organised and important sectors of livestock industry in Zambia.

Some indicators show that the country is becoming one of the largest producers of poultry products in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, along with South Africa and Zimbabwe. Zambia is currently self-sufficient in poultry meat and eggs and all that is produced is consumed locally. Only moderate quantities of table eggs are exported to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The growth in the sector has expanded the egg setting’s national capacity to about 1.7 million per week which could make Zambia the second largest poultry industry in the SADC region after South Africa.

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Namibia: Chicken Protection Measures Now in Place

The Namibian Poultry Industries has received a major lifeline after successfully lobbying Government to invoke the Import Export Control Act of 1994 to protect the company’s investment against cheap poultry products from abroad.

Namib Mills CEO Koos Ferriera said Thursday that the import export control measures for the broiler industry have been in place since 06 May following their gazetting at the beginning of April.

The new measures, which will see imports being limited to 600 tonnes of poultry products per month, were put in place to cushion the Namibian Poultry Industries (NPI) N$600 million investment against cheap imports mainly from South Africa and Brazil. They are being administered by the Meat Board.

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Nigeria: Ogun Targets 16.5 Million Eggs, Day Old Chickens Yearly

Abeokuta — Ogun state government has planned to embark on the breeding of pullets with the potential of producing 15 million eggs annually while the poultry multiplication project of the state would be producing 1.5 million day-old-chickens annually, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, told Daily Trust in a telephone interview.

Sokefun said the 15 million eggs target would be achieved through the 50,000 pullets hatched, reared and sold to over 100,000 small scale poultry farmers at point of cage in the state.

“The pullets have the potentials of producing about 15 million eggs in a year. Let me say that the program is strategically designed to achieve self sufficiency in poultry meat and eggs production to improve the nutritional status and the standard of living of rural people in Ogun State and to encourage the growth of small scale poultry business in the State.

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Namibia: Protection for Poultry Industry Coming

Windhoek — The Ministry of Trade and Industry has indicated that it would soon introduce some form of interim protection for the broiler industry. The protection may come into effect as soon as the first week of May.

According to Koos Ferreira the CEO of Namib Mills Investments (NMI), the parent company of Namibia Poultry Industries (NPI), the sector could soon receive interim protection through the Import Export Control Act of 1994, until infant industry protection comes into effect.

Welcoming government’s support for NPI on Tuesday, Ferreira stressed the importance of some form of protection for the industry at a media conference in Windhoek. “Some form of protection has become crucial, as the industry operates in an environment that is capital intensive. The development of specialised skills and the development of brands requires time and financial resources invested over long periods of time. These need to be protected, to sufficiently contribute to the country’s economy,” Ferreira said.

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Kenya: Youth Fund to Promote Poultry Farming

THE Youth Enterprise Development Fund has extended its financial support to buying assets for eligible entrepreneurs who run poultry businesses, according to a notice published yesterday.

The fund through an advertisement published in a national daily yesterday said it will buy egg hatching incubators for youth entrepreneurs running poultry-related ventures, with the cost of the equipment being repaid as a loan.

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SA poultry producer opens hatchery in Mozambique

Astral Foods, one of South Africa’s leading integrated poultry producers, has opened a new Mozpintos broiler hatchery in Mozambique.

Construction began in 2011 on almost 26 hectares of land, 45km south west of the capital city Maputo. The hatchery, which has a capacity of 158,000 day old chicks per week, began hatching Aviagen’s Ross 308 broiler for the Mozambique market on 5th November.
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Further plans for a Parent breeder farm are already underway whilst three poultry houses already on an existing Parent breeder farm will be refurbished to house broiler breeders.

Astral also plans to build three new broiler breeder sheds, allowing the hatchery to be self-sufficient in the supply of hatching eggs.

Source: World Poultry

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Kenya: Kari Introduces New Indigenous Chicken

A new breed of indigenous chicken breed has been introduced in the market. The new breed introduced by Kenya Agricultural Research Institute produces more eggs and meat and can be reared under free-range conditions.

According to the research findings released in the Organic Farmer Magazine, a publication of African Insect Science for Food and Health, the new breed adapts well with the local climatic conditions and management systems. If kept in good conditions, the research shows that a hen can produce between 220-280 eggs a year depending on the management system, the research report indicated.

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