IVORY COAST – Dutch animal nutrition specialist Koudijs Animal Nutrition, subsidiary of Royal De Heus, has broken ground for the construction of a new CFA franc 8 billion (US$14m) poultry feed production plant in Ivory Coast.

The facility which is expected to be completed by August 2022, will have a manufacturing capacity of 120,000 tonnes of feed per year.

With this initiative, Koudijs Animal Nutrition intends to strengthen its presence at the upstream level of the poultry value chain in Côte d’Ivoire, where it set base since 2009.

In 2019, the company launched a hatchery with a production capacity of 6 million chicks per year, built at a cost of CFA francs 2 billion (US$3.59m).

The new venture is set to be one of the group’s most important facilities on the continent and an addition to its operations in Ghana and Uganda.

Last year, the company launched the revolutionary complete layer feed solution in neighbouring Ghana.

According to the leading producer of complete feed programs, concentrates and premixes in West Africa, the new feed provides poultry farmers with the right and strictly controlled nutrients in the most balanced ratios.

It eliminates the challenge that most farmers face of purchasing poultry feeds from multiple suppliers, containing different qualities and later mixing them to feed the birds. This wasn’t the best practise as it resulted in poor quality out-put.

The customized solution is locally produced at its newly built compound animal feed factory, sitting on a 500 acre-land in Tema, with a production capacity of 90,000 tons a year.

Construction of the factory commenced in 2019, marking an important milestone for Koudijs as it transitioned from an importer to a local processor.

The company has been active in Ghana since 2005, initially as an exporter of animal feed from its home country.

Its parent company, Royal De Heus started as a local grain mill in Barneveld, the Netherlands in 1911.

The feed giant has grown into an international leading producer and exporter of a complete range of feeds, concentrates, premixes and specialties.

Today De Heus Animal Nutrition is a global top-12 feed supplier with over 8 000 employees, represented in more than 75 countries.

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