The Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) has dismissed reports that some unscrupulous poultry farmers were adding certain chemicals to the feed for their chickens to make them mature within two weeks.

PAZ president, Mathews Ngosa, said his association was not aware of such poultry farmers, adding that reports of using some strong chemicals to make chickens mature in a fortnight had no scientific proof.

Mr. Ngosa told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that people uttering false statements about the growing of chickens should stop because these birds can not grow and mature for consumption within to weeks.

On reports that some unscrupulous farmers were using antiretro viral drugs (ARVs) to fatten their chickens, Mr. Ngosa explained that chickens can never be fattened by such drugs because they were meant for human beings and not for birds like chickens.

He has since called on the department of veterinary and livestock control to thoroughly investigate the rumours and come up with comprehensive conclusion in order to avert such serious allegations.

Mr. Ngosa said there was need for both the veterinary department and the livestock control office to provide factual information pertaining to the matter in a bid to protect the name and interests of the poultry industry in the country.

He observed that there were currently a lot of unanswered questions regarding the use of chemicals as chicken feed which could only be answered by the two government departments.

The PAZ president noted that delays in addressing reports of use of chemicals and drugs to feed chickens would alarm the nation, adding that it may lead to the destruction of the Zambian poultry industry.

He said the poultry industry in Zambia was contributing significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) hence the need to protect it.

Mr. Ngosa has however cautioned chicken growers against using what he described as ‘orthodox methods’ to grow their chickens saying such methods may have a negative impact on the poultry industry.

He warned of stern action against people who would use chemicals and ARVs to feed their chickens.

Recently, Zambia Police Head of the Anti-Crack Squad, Solomon Jere, said his squad had impounded imported chemicals that were meant to feed chickens and make them grow within two weeks.

ZANIS/TK/KSH/ENDS

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  1. I understand SA have chemicals to the feed chickens to mature within 1 day and that most chickens we eat in takeaways imported from SA are feed on with the same chemicals. How true is it?

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  2. Kachepa has it that they give chicks ARVs and i heard of this on the copperbelt. they crush ARVs and mix it with chicken mash…shame bakawalala…..

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  3. you will never be a south african never. why dont you use an example from your village. by the way you are also stupid. use examples from your poverty stricken village and leave south africa alone.

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  4. If such things are happening then we are in trouble. To those that in life will require to take ARVs to boost their immunity and have mistakenly eaten these chickens, they are likely not to get desired results because the virus will have become resistant to any kind of surppression.

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  5. Shame on such businessmen/women. You are criminals and if discovered I would volunteer to cut your throats using a blunt knife.

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  6. #4 why are you quarreling with everyone on this site. whats wrong with you. do you have demons?

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  7. #5 ULICIPUBA – Who told that I want to be xenophobia south african. Never even dream of visiting that stinking xenophobia country or envy it. Am I proud to be zedian! Just bcoz I have exposed your crooked stinking country you want to bring insults on this blog which you are known for throughout the Global. I am better off with poverty sticken village zed.

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  8. Mathews Ngosa knows the truth and he is just trying to protect his industry from collapse. compare the taste of chickens from south africa and the free rage chicken from zambia and you will know that there’s substance in the story. Cows and chickens etc are fed things which they are not to be fed in order to grow quickly. it’s all greed for more money within a short of time. wake up zambia before the whole nation starts to suffer from different types of diseases.

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  9. Who subcribes to PAZ, why would I let PAZ know that I am growing chickens in two weaks when I am doing it illegally and do they also take care of the backyard poultry owners, if I were them I would have remained queit because they do not have the full picture. Let us just waut for Solomon Jere and his anti-piracy squad to give us a true picture of these chemicals.

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  10. But how do people gain access to ARVs to feed they chickens? Do owners sacrifice they health when they receive these ARVs?

    N’way, my concern is, is it so easy to access ARVs even when you’re not +++?

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  11. …mama mwebo! Ne nkoko sha loan shili pama ARV’s manje. In S.A people mix ARV’s with ichamba and smoke it…

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  12. ARVs do not work on any other creatures other than human beings, thats what I know..

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  13. How can Matthew Ngosa overule the allegation then ask someone to investigate it?What is there to investigate if he has already denied the reports?
    De klerk why are you insulting someone for asking a question.Why cant you just answer the questyion if you know the answer?#1 simply asked `is this true’ and its simple for you to agree or to deny if you know.Just answer the question,no need for insults

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  14. flag I think this matter is to be looked into.cause i have seen very big chicken beyond what i can call normal size

    David

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  15. i hate south africans they killed my brother last week
    i can be the first one to fight them…. balitupa

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  16. #19 Ba David in the first box is where you write your name and the second box you write your msg. Peace

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  17. coutry men & women,i’m proud 2 b zambian & treasure every zambian 4 we r unique in nature ( peaceful & humour ).I believe its very true some people would do anything that would make them cash in more quikly.This l belive is because,currently the law to protect the consumer from such illlegal $ shameful practises is either weak or doesnt exist.The sad news is results from consuming wrong foods only manifest very late in ones life.in short its indirect muder to intentionally shorten some ones life thru such activities.Who is responsible????

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  18. Mathews Ngosa,last met when u were still @ UNZA as lecture
    if possible get in touch 011 502 944 5558,regars

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  19. COME IN OPEN MR NGOSA CHICHEN CANT GROW IN TWO WEEK, THAT;S LAY. IF YOU WAT TO PROFF, GET THE SOME FEEDS AND GIVE IT TO THE VILLAGE CHICHEN IN A SINGLE ROOM, YOU OBSEVE WAT PEOPLE ARE CRING FOR. WHA TO SOULD DO IS JUST TO FLOOW THIS ISSUES. TO PROTECT YOUR PEOPLEIN TGHE THE COUNTRY .SOME LIKE THE FISHES IN THE FRIGDES, FOR THEM TO STAY LONGER IN THE FRIGDE.

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  20. These things happen. PAZ just wants to escape the responsibility of finding the culprits and bringing them to book. Who knows, maybe some of the PAZ officials could be involved in the vice.

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  21. Whether Ngosa denies or not, the fact remains the same that chickens and indeed cattle are given growth hormons that are harmful to humans. It happens everywhere in the world and it wont stop because greedy people want to make money.

    The solution is stop buying these products and grow your own or you will talk until you die. Besides, you do not have to eat meat to live but people eat meat just because they want to.

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  22. people its so cheap to get sample chickens & take them to the laboratory to establish the truth about the so called micro packs or dangerous chemicals then we can argue on truth. after all who wants to be a victim to such imposed pandemics, as zambians we will all come in to support but if there are facts and proof.

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