Negative impact of export ban
Following the H5N8 bird flu outbreaks, neighbouring nations including Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia have suspended poultry imports from South Africa. This ban will have a negative impact on the local poultry industry, as these three countries account→
for a substantial number of SA’S broiler exports.
Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing for Agriculture at FNB Business, says the ban is a major blow to the local industry which has been grappling a downturn over the last two years.
“We can only hope that the current ban from neighbouring countries is temporary because if it lasts longer than a few more months, the industry could find itself shedding a further estimated 2500 jobs, and see a dent of 0,13% on output and Gross Value Added,” says Maree. “The grain industry would also most likely take a knock as they provide feed to the poultry industry.”¡