Neg­a­tive im­pact of ex­port ban

The Poultry Bulletin - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.”¡

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