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.