The power deficit in the southern African region has negatively affected poultry producers in Zimbabwe and Zambia, a latest report on the African poultry sector has noted.
Currently, Zambia and the entire southern African region are faced with the challenge of electricity deficit.
“Power woes hobbling the southern African region are hitting poultry producers in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The current situation has been devastating for poultry producers.
The report says while Zambian and Zimbabwean poultry producers are grappling with power cuts, Angola destroyed about 11 million illegally imported chicken eggs this month as African countries try to control cheap poultry products imports that may constrain local producers.
However, according to expert, local producers are constrained by rising input costs and are unable to meet demand, leading to shortages of poultry which is a key protein nutrient for the region’s population.
Meanwhile, the report noted that some poultry farmers in Mansa have turned to charcoal as an alternative source of energy to warm up their poultry.
Mansa poultry producers’ chairperson Dennis Ng’andwe said almost all its members are complaining that the chicken business has become very expensive because they have to spend on feed, vaccine, charcoal, maize bran and other costs to ensure they stay afloat.
“Information about areas that hold investment potential in the poultry sector is very scant. In addition, very little is documented about the interest of Zambian investors in local and international poultry industry partnerships,” Mr Ng’andwe said.
In South Africa, the poultry producers association pleaded with their government to seek ways to ensure power suppliers for poultry producers.
The association chief executive officer Kevin Lovell indicated that chicken slaughterhouses that processed 13,000 chickens per hour could not rely on generators for sufficient power supplies.
[Zambia Daily Mail]