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Zimbabwe: Poultry producers target 70 Million day-old chicks

Zimbabwe aims to produce 72 million day-old chicks this year, up from last 2011's 52 million, as more people now prefer local chickens as opposed to imports, the Zimbabwe Poultry Association (ZPA) has stated.

Zimbabwe has a combined hatching capacity of 76 million day-old chicks per annum. Over the years cheap imported chickens have flooded the market elbowing out local producers who encountered high production costs as the country experienced an economic meltdown. The reintroduction of surtax on chicken and other goods to promote local industry has, however, seen a revival of the local industry as imports decline.

ZPA chairperson Solomon Zawe said the 40% rise in the number of day-old chicks was due to the increase in the number of farmers opting to raise chickens following the reduction in production costs brought about by the adoption of multiple foreign currencies. "New players are coming on board; those who sell their tobacco will also want to invest in the sector. Generally, farmers now have confidence in poultry production," he said.

Poultry breeding and production in Zimbabwe is commercially based and involves thousands of indigenous producers in the communal farming sector and backyards in urban areas, however Zawe anticipates that 35% of production would be coming from the small farmers.

Source: All Africa

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    Tarusenga Munyanyi

    the industry has been growing but the price of chicken the consumers can not afford it thats why the consumption per capita is less than 5 kgs. the cause being Zimbabwe is not producing enough maize and soya which are the back bone for poultry production growth in any country. Currently most producers are importing these two raw material outside the country which is danger in terms of quality and price.Hence for the industry to grow enough maize and soya should grown by farmers.Currently most farmers are growing tobacco which is major cash crop in this country and is not contrbuting much to the GDP of the country.

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