Un­fair prac­tices in Zim­babwe’s day-old-chick mar­ket

Farmer's Weekly (South Africa) - - Weekly News Wrap -

The Zim­bab­wean govern­ment has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into re­ports that some day-old chick sup­pli­ers are vi­o­lat­ing com­pe­ti­tion laws. It has emerged that some sup­pli­ers are ap­par­ently tak­ing ad­van­tage of the er­ratic avail­abil­ity of day-old chicks by mak­ing the sale of the chicks con­di­tional on pro­duc­ers buy­ing a set num­ber of bags of stock­feed. Ac­cord­ing to the Com­pe­ti­tion and Tar­iff Com­mis­sion (CTC), this is in vi­o­la­tion of the law.

Zim­babwe Poul­try Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son George Nare said this prac­tice had been preva­lent for some time, but had in­ten­si­fied in re­cent months due to the un­re­li­able sup­ply of day-old chicks and ris­ing prices of poul­try feed.

Zim­babwe’s day-old chicks mar­ket is dom­i­nated by about six large com­pa­nies that also man­u­fac­ture poul­try feed. Farm­ers com­plained that the pro­duc­ers were tak­ing ad­van­tage of their po­si­tion to de­rive un­due com­mer­cial gain.

“I wanted to buy 4 000 chicks, but was told that the trans­ac­tion would pro­ceed only if I bought the broiler starter feed from them,” a farmer near Bu­l­awayo, Du­miso Nko­mazana, said. – Thu­lani Mpofu

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