Rwanda to import poultry from Malawi
In a bid to solve the problem of chicken scarcity on
the market, the Rwandan government has plans to import fast growing chicks from
Private investors have also been given the go-ahead from the government to
start importing poultry and poultry products from Malawi.
In an effort to protect the local poultry and the people of Rwanda from the
deadly avian flu
, government slammed a ban on importing chicken and
its products in 2005.
A prominent poultry dealer in the Rwanda, Stenbock Oleg, has said that
least 2,000 chicks are to be imported weekly.
Thoegene Rutagwenda, Rwanda Animal Resource Development Authority Chairman
said Malawi is among the few countries in Africa that have been declared bird
flu free threat.
Demand for chicks in Malawi is, however, very high and asked Rwandans be
patient. "It would take time to supply the country, the competition is so high,
but we have been listed," said Rutagwenda.
Prior to the outbreak of the avian scourge, the government developed the
Rwanda's single hatchery in Kigali city, which could provide up to 10,000 chicks
per day. However, production came to a halt as because the parent stock was
imported from Europe, a continent hit by avian flu.
The scarcity of local chicks has also hurt the price of chicken in the
country. A local chicken that cost Frw1,200 (US$2.2, or €1.7) before the ban now
costs up to Frw4,000 (US$7.5, or €5.6.
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