poultryy.jpgLocal poultry producers say they have accumulated 800 metric tonnes of stock nearly three months after a ban imposed on importation of meat products was lifted as both foreign and local chickens compete on local shelves.

 

The poultry industry, which employs more than 10 000 people, is facing viability constraints with chickens stock piling just two and a half months after government removed a ban on importing poultry.

 

Zimbabwe Poultry Association (ZPA) Chairman, Mr Solomon Zawe said some products are being illicitly imported thereby flooding the market, while an increase in the importation quarter for November from 1 000 to 15 000 metric tonnes is hurting the industry.

 

“We still have a problem with the import quarter which was this month lifted to1 500, government should consider
suspending issuance of import permits,” said Mr Zawe.
 
Mr Zawe said the industry will not increase production specifically for the festive season citing that production volumes are more than sufficient to meet demand.

 

According to the ZPA, it costs US$2,85 to rear a chicken, while the price is less than half for imported chickens.