Rwanda: Poultry industry stakeholders in Africa seek to upgrade productivity

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A high-level international conference and exhibition, dubbed 'Poultry Africa', ended in Kigali on Wednesday after challenging discussions on poultry productivity in  Sub-Saharan Africa, which should also meet international  standards.

The two-day gathering was a chance for participants from different African countries, Europe, North Africa and Asia  to suggest the best solutions in addressing food security on the continent, where a growing middle class currently increases the demand for meat.

Rwanda's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Jean Claude Kayisinga, noted that the problem facing African producers of animal feeds was mainly the availability of raw materials.

"There is a way we could make poultry industry more profitable and more sustainable  by stepping up regional integration into our value chains to maximize its potentially big market," he said.

Despite current national efforts in Africa, recent investments in the sector have been concentrated in Europe, America and Asia.

Yet, Africa’s poultry market is experiencing a boom as a result of its rapid population and economic growth. Experts argued that the ban on poultry products by African countries so as to protect local producers, has not been effective in addressing the impact on foreign imports.

Official estimates by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicate that 30% of proteins consumed globally comes from animals.

In view of the significant growth of commercial poultry production in sub-Saharan African in recent decades, FAO experts said it is important to increase surveillance efforts for the early detection of diseases such as influenza viruses.

-0- PANA TWA/AR 4Oct2017

04 october 2017 19:28:15

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