poultryThe Zimbabwe Poultry Association has lauded government for taking a firm position against the importation of genetically modified foods into the country saying this will enhance protection of the local industry which was being adversely affected. 

 

The recent stance by government to suspend the importation of genetically modified foods has received widespread applause from stakeholders in the poultry industry as well as sweet potato growers.

 

Zimbabwe Poultry Association chairman Mr. Solomon Zawe said the recent development is welcome as the future of the local poultry industry was under threat from cheaper and poor quality chickens which had flooded the market.

 

He said, “We would like to state that as an association we are very happy with the latest development and local producers are more than willing to meet the capacity of the local market.”

 

 

A sweet potato grower Dr Henry Walubengo said the ban should also include sweet potatoes and other agricultural products as they are failing to operate to full capacity due to the threat of cheap imports.

 

“As potato growers we are also unhappy with the flooding of cheap agricultural produce which is affecting the viability of our industry”, said Dr Walubengo.

 

The Zimbabwe Poultry Association says its members have the capacity to meet both local and regional demand for poultry products.

Chickens produced locally are priced at between $6 to 7, 50 per two kilogramme packets while the imported chickens cost about $4.

The imported chickens cost less as the productions costs are low and according to some experts a brine solution is injected into the chickens to give then extra weight.