Thursday, June 23, 2011

Zimbabwe poultry production up in spite of challenges

Zimbabwe's poultry production has reached 5 million chicks and between 60,000 and 70,000 dozen eggs a month, according to recent reports, showing growth between 16% and 19% compared to previous years.
The industry, which is split between informal traders (65%) and formal traders (35%), is contributing 6,500 metric tons of meat on a monthly basis, said Solomon Zawe, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Poultry Association. The biggest challenges to the growing industry, said Zawe, are high utility charges, power cuts and the prohibition of the use of genetically modified organisms to feed the chickens.

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