Poul­try Im­port Ban Stays, Lo­cal Poul­try Farm­ers to Cash-In

Zambian Business Times - - BUSINESS REVIEW -

Min­is­ter of Live­stock, Michael Katambo has af­firmed that the im­por­ta­tion of poul­try and re­lated prod­ucts re­mains banned in Zam­bia. Speak­ing dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion of his min­is­te­rial state­ment in Par­lia­ment on Oc­to­ber 12, 3017, Katambo stated that his min­istry banned the im­por­ta­tion of poul­try and re­lated prod­ucts from coun­tries that have re­ported out­breaks of Highly Path­o­genic Avian In­fluenza - HPAI in June 2017.

The avian in­fluenza or bird flu virus can kill 90% to 100% of the flock on af­fected farms was the main rea­son for ef­fect­ing the ban. He said that the dis­ease can cause out­breaks that may spread rapidly within the coun­try and dev­as­tate the poul­try in­dus­try re­sult­ing in eco­nomic losses. Ad­di­tion­ally, the ru­ral poul­try farm­ing com­mu­nity can be neg­a­tively af­fected by the dis­ease due to the high mor­tal­i­ties and this can re­sult in the per­pet­u­a­tion of poverty in af­fected ar­eas.

Katambo said that the threat of HPAI is still there, the cur­rent situation is that Zam­bia has not recorded any cases of HPAI. How­ever, some of our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries have con­tin­ued to see cases and in some in­stances the dis­ease has been spread­ing. South Africa has seen the dis­ease spread to new ar­eas and cases are still be­ing re­ported as of 2nd Oct. Zim­babwe last re­ported cases on 13th Sep. but has not re­solved the out­break.

Lo­cal poul­try pro­duc­tion has seen an up­swing as it is a busi­ness that small scale en­ter­prises - SME's can en­gage in and grow as there is am­ple lo­cal de­mand. There has also been a fur­ther boost to lo­cal poul­try farm­ers as re­ported by the Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Zam­bia with na­tional av­er­age prices for broiler and layer feed con­tinue to ex­hibit fur­ther re­duc­tions the past few weeks.

Broiler starter as at the weekly re­port for sec­ond week of Oc­to­ber shows that the feed is now trad­ing at ZMW183.78 per 50kg bag from ZMW189.89; grower is now trad­ing at ZMW 178.22 from ZMW 185.11 last week while fin­isher is av­er­ag­ing ZMW 172.00 from ZMW 179.11 ob­tained last week re­spec­tively. There are also move­ments on the lay­ers feed with pul­let starter trad­ing at ZMW 155.5 from ZMW 158, grower is now trad­ing at ZMW 143.6 from ZMW 144.5. De­vel­oper is trad­ing at ZMW 139 from ZMW 140.33 while Layer Mash is av­er­ag­ing ZMW 142 from ZMW 149.00 per 50kg bag.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2015 re­search pa­per pro­duced by Agri Pro Fo­cus, the poul­try in­dus­try in Zam­bia is a crit­i­cal sec­tor for the na­tional econ­omy which con­sti­tutes 4.8% of the agri­cul­tural gross do­mes­tic prod­uct and 48% of the live­stock sec­tor. PAZ 2014 an­nual re­port re­veals that the poul­try sec­tor pro­vides di­rect and in­di­rect em­ploy­ment to 80,000 peo­ple with 50,000 in per­ma­nent jobs and 30,000 sea­sonal em­ploy­ees. Poul­try pro­duc­tion in 2014 reached over 73 mil­lion broil­ers.

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