Egg project to fight poverty in Uganda
Aimed at increasing the consumption of eggs, the
Poultry Association of Uganda is calling on the government to introduce eggs
into the school feeding programme.
It is reported that this has the potential to create a huge internal market
for local eggs, increase farmers' earnings and fight poverty in rural
The proposal is to start with at least three eggs per week for every child.
Each egg will cost sh150, adding up to sh5,400 for a full term.
Based on 7.3 mln children under the Universal Primary Education programme,
assuming there are 250 school days in a year, 61,284,608 trays of eggs would be
required. To meet this demand, 8,457,300 layers would be needed from local
hatcheries. "This will raise the market for layer chicks," says Dr Flavio
Oliviera of the Poultry Association. There are currently approx. 3 mln hybrid
chickens, including layers and broilers.
The project will also be an advantage to farmers who produce raw materials
used for chicken feed. Feed mills will have to produce 21,143 tonnes of chick
and duck mash, 54,972 tonnes of growers feed and 14,407 tonnes of layer mash per
According to the minister of state for trade, Gagawala Wambuzi, the plan is
an appealing one. "This is something that we have got to consider as government.
It is in line with the Government's fight against poverty," he says.
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