South Africa announces second bird flu outbreak as neighboring countries ease poultry import restrictions

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has announced a second outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), that has occurred on a broiler breeder farm on the East Rand of Johannesburg. The association said the farm was under quarantine and the birds were being culled and disposed of under Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) supervision. This comes weeks after the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development confirmed the first outbreak of the pathogenic disease that killed 300 birds at the…

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Namibia eyes meat exports to Ghana market while South Africa faces ban on poultry exports

NAMIBIA – Namibia, one of Africa’s leading exporter of meat has signed a general cooperation framework agreement with Ghana that seeks to promote bilateral trade ties. The agreement will see Namibia exporting its meat to the West African nation, riding on the back of building the African Continental Free Trade Area. This was revealed by Namibia’s Executive Director in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Pendapala Naanda, who indicated that a trade mission for Meat Corporation (Meatco), a state-owned meat processing and marketing entity, has been planned. The Meatco…

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Canada to invest US$550m in country’s poultry industry to drive efficiency, sustainability

CANADA – The government of Canada has committed to investing a total of US$550 million over the next ten years to support the country’s poultry industry into becoming more efficient and sustainable. According to a FoodBev report, the funds will be channeled into two new programs designed to help drive innovation and market development for Canada’s 4,800 chicken, turkey, and egg farmers. About US$502 million will be injected into the first program known as the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program which aims to support poultry and egg farmers through…

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South Africa confirms avian flu outbreak, cases reported in commercial poultry farm

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s multi-billion-dollar poultry industry is on high alert and implementing contingency plans after an announcement of an outbreak of avian flu on a farm in South Africa’s central province of Gauteng. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development confirmed the outbreak announcing that about 300 birds died of avian flu at the commercial chicken-layer farm in Ekurhuleni. Samples from the farm were taken for laboratory testing which turned positive for the H5 strain of AI. Upon confirmation that it was H5, the birds in…

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Avian flu spreads across Nigeria causing US$1.3m worth of poultry loss in Kano State

NIGERIA – The highly pathogenic Avian Influenza has wreaked havoc in Nigeria with cases of rampant out-breaks reported in Kano State, registering a loss of over N500 million (US$1.3m) worth of poultry. According to the Kano State branch of the Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria, 223,695 chicken have been confirmed affected and depopulated, noting that each of the chicken costs not less than N1,800, and the amount of the loss is over N402 million (US$1.05m). The Chairman of the association, Mr. Umar Kibiya Usman, highlighted that there are thousands of…

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East Africa poultry company Uzima Chicken receives US$3m follow-on debt from AgDevCo

RWANDA – AgDevCo, UK based social impact investor with a focus on Africa’s agricultural sector has made a US$3.0 million follow-on mezzanine debt investment into Uzima Chicken Limited, a poultry company operating in Rwanda and Uganda. The East African poultry farm produces and distributes Sasso breed chickens with the aim to create value for rural households by providing better quality meat and eggs for consumption and sale. Uzima provides day-old chicks through a network of hundreds of small, independent distributors who rear the birds to six to eight weeks before…

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Astral Foods expects its half year profit to nearly half impaired by COVID-19, high feed costs

SOUTH AFRICA – Astral Foods Limited (Astral), South Africa’s leading integrated poultry producer has warned of a sharp fall in profits for its six months to end-March, as the owner of Goldi Chicken and County Fair brands struggles to recover increases in feed costs due to constrained consumer spending. The JSE listed company said in a trading update that headline earnings per share is expected to fall by no more than 45% on the comparative previous interim period’s results of 951 cents per share, coming in at least 523c per…

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Zambia, Angola strengthen trade relations through public-private sector collaboration

ZAMBIA – Zambia and Angola have joined hands to foster trade relations in the agriculture and livestock sector through enhanced private and public sector collaboration. This was agreed upon during the Mini Business Symposium between the two nations aimed at stimulating bilateral trade, which culminated with a visit to Zambia’s largest integrated cold chain foods and retail business, Zambeef. According to reports by Lusaka Star, Angola will tap into livestock products from Zambia which will enable it to reduce importation of the products from Europe and South America. In January,…

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IFC seeks to issue US$10m financing to Ethiopia’s leading poultry company EthioChicken Group

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia’s leading producer of day-old-chicks and poultry feed, EthioChicken Group is set to acquire a US$10 million loan from IFC to enable it implement its 5-year program. Under the company’s growth plan, it seeks to construct two new breeding farms with a capacity of 60K bird each and one new hatchery facility, expected to cost US$16.2 million. The two new breeding farms will be built in SNNPR region and Amhara region, while the new hatchery will be built in SNNPR region. In addition, the group will utilize the…

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Cargill, Heifer International partner to enhance poultry value chain in Kenya

KENYA – Leading global food company Cargill in partnership with Heifer International have announced the expansion of their joint poultry project in Kenya dubbed Hatching Hope, to reach 10 million people by 2022 through a combination of direct support to farmers and consumer-awareness campaigns. The initiative is also undertaken in collaboration with the national and county governments of Kenya i.e., Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay, Migori, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu counties and Nairobi Metropolitan. Hatching Hope is a ground-breaking project that aims to increase farmer’s knowledge and resources needed to expand sustainable poultry…

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